Support for children with
learning difficulties

Reading with Clicker

Clicker talking books give pupils reading support at a number of different levels. You can make your own talking books and you can download ready made books from For talking books with lots of associated reading and writing activities, we recommend our Powered by Clicker products, which are full of finely graded materials that will help your pupils to achieve success.

Highlighted text

With Clicker, pupils can listen to the story as it is read aloud – the words will highlight as they are read, helping the pupil to follow the text and to focus on each word as they hear it. (Tip: as you make your own books the software speech will automatically highlight – you don’t have to do anything extra to achieve this powerful reading support for your children.)

Read and record

Pupils can read the text for themselves, and can use Clicker’s sound recorder to record themselves as they do so. You may wish them to listen to the model before recording or just let them have a go. When they have finished they can listen to themselves and record again if they wish. Hearing themselves read is very motivating and the activity provides a useful assessment opportunity as well.

Read it yourself

For some pupils, and as a next step in developing reading independence, it can be useful for them to read the text for themselves – remove the speaker button so that they cannot hear the text first. As they read, they can click on difficult words to hear them. This prompt feature prevents the reader from stumbling at unknown words, makes challenging texts more accessible, aids understanding, and helps maintain and build pace and fluency.

Emphasise key words 

Use coloured text to emphasise key words or phrases on each page to help learners to become familiar with specific vocabulary. Do this with your own books, or with ready-made ones, emphasising the new words that you want your pupils to learn. 

Make talking books for your pupils

Using Clicker’s ready-made templates, you can create high-interest books at just the right reading level for your pupils. In this way you can make the curriculum accessible, provide simpler versions of class readers, and create books about the pupils themselves, for example about school trips, hobbies and interests. You can use digital photos, graphics from Clicker’s extensive picture library or indeed any clip art.