Support for children with dyslexia

Provide tailored writing support grids

Provide the exact amount of support your students need by selecting appropriate Clicker Grids.

Sentence building

Sentence building grids include every word needed to build a sentence so that students can write without using the keyboard. A model sentence may be provided as part of the grid (so it can be viewed while writing), in a pop-up (which must be closed while writing, teaching the student to retain it in memory), or in the form of an auditory prompt. Grids such as these really help children to develop left to right directionality in their writing and to understand that sentences carry meaning. It’s easy to create your own sentence building sets using Clicker’s Sentence Building Wizard. For help, take a look at our 90-second training guide

Word banks

Clicker word bank grids provide instant access to any number of words, and can be tabbed alphabetically or by topic area. Word banks are a great way to provide students with the key words you want them to use when writing about a particular topic. They also encourage children to use a wider range of vocabulary.

There are lots of ready-made word banks, and it's easy to create your own using the Word Bank Wizard. For help, take a look at our 90-second training guide. As well as making word banks in advance, many teachers like to build the grids 'live' during a classroom brainstorming session.

Writing frames

Learners with dyslexia often find it difficult to organize their thoughts and write in a structured way. Clicker's unique writing frames provide the scaffolding they need to get their thoughts down in a relevant sequence. Writing frames are a well-established method of helping all students with new genres of writing, something that dyslexic students often find more difficult than their peers.

There are many ready-to-use writing frames to choose from, addressing all kinds of topics from making a sandwich to writing book reviews. It's also easy to create your own writing frame using the templates provided.

On-screen books

Clicker talking books enable teachers to provide curriculum materials tailored to individual learners’ reading levels, with additional support to help them access the text more independently.

Children who need a lot of support can click on the speaker button to hear the whole text read back to them. Alternatively, students can click on particular words they struggle with as they progress through the text to hear them, helping them to maintain reading fluency. There are even opportunities for children to record themselves reading the text aloud and practice their reading skills in a non-threatening environment.

There is a wide selection of on-screen books available to download from LearningGrids, and teachers can also create their own – personalizing the content to a child’s particular interests really helps to increase engagement and motivation levels.