Support for Children with Dyslexia

Our students are making great progress in their writing confidence, their knowledge of strategies to learn spellings, and their awareness of how to go about editing their own written work.

Kim Connor, Teacher

Clicker is the leading product for supporting elementary-age students with dyslexia.

It is a winner of many awards and is used in tens of thousands of classrooms. Its simplicity and flexibility make it highly effective across the elementary age range and curriculum.

Help students organize and plan their writing

Students with dyslexia often find longer pieces of written work harder to organize and structure. Problems such as a short-term working memory deficit and slow information processing speed can make it very difficult for them to express their initial thoughts and ideas in the form of a logical, flowing document.

Clicker Board provides Clicker users with a built-in planning tool to help them prepare for writing. Students can manipulate and link any combination of words, pictures and sounds together on their Clicker Board, mapping out their ideas in a way that is easier to understand and particularly effective for more visual learners.

Build confidence with
point-and-click access to words

Clicker removes the writing block that hinders the development of many children with dyslexia by providing point-and-click access to whole words and phrases that are relevant to the current writing task. Students can listen to each word before using it, and when they complete their sentence it is automatically read back to them.

Provide a powerful way for children to capture ideas and rehearse their sentences 

When children select Clicker 7’s new Voice Notes tool, they will be given the opportunity to record their own audio notes. This is a great way for children to vocally rehearse their sentences in preparation for writing.

Voice Notes can also be used as an alternative method for recording initial ideas – giving children with dyslexia a valuable opportunity to capture their thoughts without being distracted by the mechanics of writing. 

Reinforce the link between spellings and sounds with realistic speech feedback

The speech feedback built into each Clicker Grid helps students to internalize the link between how a word is represented on the page and how it sounds. Students simply right-click on any word in the Clicker Grid to hear it, enabling them to check they have the right word before using it in their writing. The new children’s voices in Clicker 7 gives them the opportunity to hear their work read back to them in a friendly, age-appropriate voice that they can identify with.

Help students overcome spelling frustration with intelligent word prediction

Clicker’s integrated word predictor supports dyslexic students by providing a list of potential words for them to select from as they type. When children start typing, the predictor generates a list of likely words that begin with those letters. Right-clicking on any word in the predictor’s list triggers the speech engine to read it aloud, allowing children to listen to the words and independently select the one they want to use.

If there are certain words that your students regularly want to include in their writing that are not currently being suggested by the predictor, proper nouns or unusual curriculum vocabulary for example, you can use Clicker 7’s new Word Pool tool to add them to the program’s knowledge base. You can even link common misspellings to them, enabling you to tackle specific spelling patterns your students may be struggling with.

Provide Clicker writing support grids tailored to each child’s learning needs

Clicker Sets give students point-and-click access to whole words, phrases, and pictures. Each kind of Clicker Set provides a specific writing support or targets a particular skill.  Clicker 7 makes creating and editing Clicker Sets easier than ever, so that you can quickly provide content for any topic. 

Aid reading accuracy with Dyslexie font

Clicker 7 includes Dyslexie, a new font designed specifically for children with dyslexia, who often find it difficult to discriminate between letters and may see text as compressed and vibrating. The letter differences are enhanced, letters are weighted at the base to help with vibration, and there is generous spacing to help with vibration.