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5 New Tech Tools for Students with Learning Difficulties

5 New Tech Tools for Students with Learning Difficulties

By Heather Redding

Learning disabilities place roadblocks on the path to success for many children. A good education gives young people a good foundation for a prosperous life, so children who have difficulty learning risk failing to reach their potential.

Luckily, there are now many tools available that cater the needs of students with learning difficulties. Here are five that help students develop various cognitive skills, from reading and writing to problem solving.

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1. Bungalow Software

Bungalow has a variety of speech and language therapy products that can help students overcome apraxia, aphasia and other learning obstacles. One example of Bungalow Software’s products, Understanding Questions Out Loud, shows questions to users and gives them several possible answers from which to choose.

You can introduce students to more than 5,000 different exercises that boost self-esteem and help clinicians optimize interventions.

The reading therapy tools allow you to select from various levels, available in Deluxe and Pro versions, both of which add auditory comprehension to the mix.

Bungalow Software uses a scientific tactic called therapeutic intervention to help users learn from wrong answers. After choosing an incorrect answer, students get hints designed to guide them. The Pro version of the software adds progress-tracking capabilities and saves user settings. It also includes repetition practice and memory training.

2. Fast ForWord Software

Fast ForWord software, created by Scientific Learning, is carefully designed to help develop language skills. You can choose from five different levels in the reading series to help children become literate and the extensive course materials allow you to efficiently and successfully teach valuable skills while promoting knowledge retention.

The software’s brain exercises are based on scientific principles and supplements existing tactics used for classroom, group and individual educational environments. The software supplies instant performance feedback, so users and teachers can easily optimize the learning experience.

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3. Brain HQ 

This online teaching tool fits into any busy schedule thanks to the use of learning bursts, which can be as short as five minutes. You can personalize Brain HQ to help achieve particular learning goals, with 29 exercises designed to help students develop their attention span and people skills as well as memory and intelligence.

As users progress through Brain HQ training, the software supplies them with additional lessons that match their historical performance.

Brain HQ gives you access to scientifically proven brain-training methods that change the brain rather than simply challenging it.

4. Up to 100

Up to 100 app is used to teach numeric concepts to children who have special needs, including place value and sequence. The app teaches numbers from 1 to 99 using time-tested Montessori tactics and supports nine languages.

For example, counting mode teaches numeric place values and gives users a graphic representation of the numbers they create. These visuals help students better understand numbers and their relations.

You can buy Up to 100 for a few dollars and use it on Apple iOS mobile devices. Also, Up to 100 includes a section for parents that explains how to use the app’s two modes to optimize learning. Recognition mode, for example, teaches students how to build two-digit numbers via a simple drag-and-drop interface.

As users progress through its several learning levels, the lessons get more challenging.

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5. Inspiration Software

Inspiration software distributes a variety of learning products, including tools that use visual learning to improve retention and learning.

If you work with students who deal with autism, dyslexia, aphasia and auditory processing disorders, Inspiration Software can help. A variety of the available tools help teach vocabulary and reading using individualized and differentiated instruction. The software also breaks learning into manageable bursts to help students assimilate the material that they learn. Special features such as text-to-speech help you teach students who have trouble staying focused on printed material.

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Students with learning difficulties deserve a chance to develop their skills to the best of their abilities. This is where technology offers practical and scientifically-based solutions that help both students and their teachers.

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