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Addressing Reading Difficulties


A3 sized PDF poster - revision 1.0, published 2015


A step-by-step guide in the form of a question and answer 'checklist' helping you to identify problems and suggesting a range of practical technology focused solutions to support pupils with writing difficulties.

The infograph is available as an A2 poster, and also as a PDF with clickable links that take you to sources of information on the internet.

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Contents of this PDF poster (Accessible version)

Below is an accessible breakdown of the contents of the PDF poster, designed to be accessible with a screen reader, and also for people who find it hard to see or access the links in the poster.

Who could help?

I have a pupil with reading difficulties. What could help?

1. Identifying the problems, gathering information, team approach

Refer to local SfL/ ASN guidance Document(s). Involve SfL/ASN Team. Consult Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit. Consider consulting VI/ Dyslexia/Assistive Technology Service.

1.1 What do the difficulties arise from?

2. Have you addressed these difficulties with reading interventions?

3. Have you tried adaptations?

4. Have you tried other types of reading materials?

5. Have you tried digital books?

Commerical eBooks

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6. Techniques for reading digital books

7. Have you tried textto-speech (TTS)?

Use the Protocol for Accomodations in Reading to Compare TTS with unaided reading (De Coste and Wilson, 2012)

What to Look for in TTS


Apps with TTS eg. ClaroRead, Co:Writer, Voice Dream, iReadWrite





Apps eg. Easy Text to Speech, Voice Read Aloud Voices eg. Cereproc, Ivona

8. Have you tried audio books?

9. Have you tried other alternative formats?

10. Have you tried making accessible formats?

11. Next Steps

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