As an educator, your main goal is to make sure that you reach and prepare all of your children for the future, or at least the next grade. Sometimes however you can come across a child in your class that is not catching on at the speed of the other children or not understanding at all. When this is the case chances are the child has some form of learning disability. Just as much as this is a challenge for the student, it can be just as challenging for the teacher. As a devoted educator, you would want to do everything they need to make sure that the student succeeds in making the requirements to get to the next grade. There are a few tools listed below that can help you and your student conquers the challenges that come with learning disabilities like speech and reading.
There are several websites that educators use to help students of all grades with reading disabilities that help children learn to read or understand their homework and tests that they need to take. Web-to- Speech readers like ScreenReader.net are programs that read anything on the web browser. The web reader read numbers and read captions under pictures on any web page. There aren’t a lot of technical steps that you need to activate it. When you download it to your computer it is embedded into your web browser. All you need to do is click a button and your student can learn the same things the rest of the class are learning at their speed. This tool is used by those who have learning disabilities like dyslexia and the visually impaired.
Text-to Speech programs like Notevibes help students who are speech impaired or visually impaired not only communicate with the teacher but also their classmates. It also helps with homework as the program can read the teacher’s lessons, classwork, or worksheets for homework, allowing the student to be able to be as successful as the other students in their class. It also helps them to be more independent when doing their work and helps to build their classroom confidence. Text-to Speech programs work by either being downloaded to your computer, phone, or embedded into your web browsers as extensions. Students can highlight the words and the program will read it for them.
Optical Character Recognition or OCR is a software that allows children or adults with reading disabilities or vision impaired to understand what they’re reading by creating pictures. The software scans documents, worksheets, or any text and reads the text from pictures. OCR works by looking at the different shapes of letters and turns them into photos or digital files. Once the OCR creates the new document, the teacher can pair it with other tools like a text to speech program to help them read or complete their classwork.
The three of these tools listed help build not only the teacher’s confidence in making sure the student can learn and understand everything they need to succeed, but also the student’s confidence in knowing that their disability doesn’t have to keep them from being as smart as everyone else in their classroom.