Dyslexia Archives

We create iPhone, iPad, and iTouch reading apps for upper elementary and middle school children. These apps are especially helpful for children with reading issues such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Learning Differences (LD)
  • Non-Verbal Learning Issues (ND)
  • Fetal Alcohol Issues (FAS, FASD)
  • Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Slow Readers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Visual Processing Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorders

Adults will also enjoy these stories as we have added Spanish, German, and French, and Chinese to some of the apps, which have proven to be a great and easy way to learn foreign languages!

Here is a list of our current iPhone, iPad & iTouch Apps:

Gulliver’s Travels, Voyage to Lilliput by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels, Voyage to Brobdingnag by Jonathan Swift

Greek Myths: Theseus, Icarus, Daedalus, & The Minotaur

Teaching 220 Sight Words using a fun story of 4 brothers on a Quest

 

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

 

The sci-fi story of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

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Sam, the Boy with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift. He actually wrote the book to be four distinct trips:

Voyage to Lilliput

Voyage to Brobdingnag

Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib,  and  Japan

Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms

The book Gulliver’s Travels was designed to read like a travel journal written by a gentleman named Lemuel Gulliver. Mr. Gulliver was trained to be a surgeon, but loved to travel.

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) is considered a satirist. He had ties to both England and Ireland. He ended up traveling, working, and living in both countries. The original title, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts, by Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, and then a captain of several ships, was later renamed Gulliver’s Travels. Many of his works were published under different names, such as Lemuel Gulliver or even anonymous.

Gulliver’s Travels has never been out of print. It has been reworked in many different forms. You can read the book in it’s entirety, you can listen to an audiobook, you can watch the movies that are made, watch cartoons, read comic strips, or even read spin off short stories. eReading: Gulliver’s Travels is an app that can be downloaded on your iPad, iPhone, or iTouch and describes the first voyage.

The most popular story from all four voyages in Gulliver’s Travels is the Voyage to Lilliput. In this first voyage, Gulliver is shipwrecked and finds himself on the island of Lilliput. He is a giant among them. He quickly learns their language and realizes that they are in a futile war within their own country and at war with the neighboring island, Blefuscu. He seems to take the infighting and differences in stride, although he appears to grow impatient with their narrow viewpoints on life. After the story was published, small things or small people were often referred to as Lilliputian.

Gulliver’s Travels second voyage becomes more interesting as he is in the land of giants (Brobdingnag). He has to watch out for every animal (as they are also very big in size). Several times he had very close calls. Gulliver explains wars, government, religions, and cannon power to the King of Brobdingnag. The king is appalled. He tells Gulliver that he feels the English are: “a pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.”

In Gulliver’s third voyage in Gulliver’s Travels, he gets shipwrecked again but in this case he is saved by a flying island called the Kingdom of Laputa. Laputa has scientists, musicians, and mathematicians and at first seems a great place for Gulliver. However there is no real practical use for the scientists on the floating island and they often resort to throwing rocks at cities below them.

His last voyage in Gulliver’s Travels is darker and angrier. He gets marooned on an island inhabited by very sophisticated horses who are the rulers. The humans, called Yahoos, are their slaves.

Swift designed Gulliver’s Travels as a satire of English politics and religion.

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Eight Ways to Help a Child with Dyslexia

This article lists 8 ways to help support a child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia.

1.       If you suspect you child is dyslexic, get him tested. Your school district might have a good testing program (although required by Federal Law, many school district are not well versed in testing for dyslexia). If you prefer to use somebody outside the school district, ensure they have experience with diagnosing dyslexia. Get very specific recommendations and ensure the school implements them.

2.       Many of the early reading programs will not be effective with a dyslexic, as a matter it will frustrate them to no end. They often use just phonics, and the kids cannot process the phoneme (word blends such as st and ing) in the words. Instead they will require special reading programs that focus on how their brain processes information. As a parent you will have to experiment around to find if any of the regular programs are suitable for your child.

3.       As a parent, you will have to be very patient with your child. Just because she is dyslexic, that doesn’t mean she is not smart. The traditional way schools teach children to read, is not conducive to good learning by a child with dyslexia. You might have to higher a tutor that specializes in teaching programs designed for dyslexic kids.

4.       The use of technology is getting more and more popular. Look on the Internet and you can find website that have text and a narrator read it. Type in dyslexia in the AppStore and you will find iPhone, iTouch, and iPad apps available that read and highlight text to help children with dyslexia and reading issues. Our eReading: Gulliver’s Travels app is specifically designed for children with reading issues. There are separate devices available that read written text. There programs on the computer available that convert written language into spoken language (iMac computers have that build in). Lastly, almost every book is nowadays available as an audiobooks.  

5.       Just because a child has dyslexia, that doesn’t mean they don’t like to be read to or read themselves. They still like the knowledge. Read to your child. A lot! Also have books that interests them in the house.

6.       Use a multiple-sensory approach to teach the letters in the alphabet. Have them write letters in the snow, sand, or in a pan with rice. Have them say and write the letters in the air. Draw the letters on their back, back of their hand, or similar body part. You can bake cookies and form letters, cut bread in the shape of letters, or have them use clay to form the letters. Use your imagination!

7.       Self-esteem is a problem with kids who have dyslexia. Stay patient and support them. Ensure they are not getting bullied at school or when playing with other kids.

8.       Children with dyslexia often have incredible talents with coming up with creative solutions and being able to visualize things. Focus on their strength and encourage these talents through play, art, music, drawing, sports, or theater.

Jolanda Witvliet

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People with Dyslexia Process Differently.

Dyslexia is not just a simple flipping letters around issue. Take for example, a young child with a teddybear. We show a young child that when he turns his teddybear around or upside down, it is still their teddybear. Most children grasp this concept. They even grasp the concept of when “dressing up” the teddybear, it is still their teddybear. In preschool we introduce them to shapes and when we turn a triangle around, it is still a triangle. But when we move to the concept of letters, we suddenly tell them that a d is a flipped around b and that a q is a flipped p and that the letters are not the same. Wow! Children with dyslexia have trouble with this new concept. Their brain processes differently and consequently it has a hard time with this fundamental concept of reading. Moving on to words that sound the same but are spelled differently or words that are spelled the same but mean different things, is even more confusing for those who have dyslexia.

Studies have shown that the brain actually processes the information differently when you have dyslexia.  The persons who are dyslexic, use different pathways, often bypassing the normal pathways. It is almost like there is construction on the regular highway and that the brain built a detour that is longer and more complicated.

Often with dyslexia the letters like to float of the page. When a person then looks at these floating letters in their mind and tries to “put them back” on the page, it usually goes wrong. Because the letters floated in the air, the reference is lost, therefore a p can turn into a b and a m into a w.

This makes it even harder to read. If letters like to float of the page, colored overlay paper can usually retrain the brain. Buy some fancy paper with soft colors such as soft pink, gold, silver, light green, or light blue. Make sure the letters can be seen through it when it overlays on a page of text. Have the person with dyslexia read for a couple of weeks with the overlay on top of all the text. The brain usually rewires itself and the letters stop floating of the page.

Having an iPhone, iTouch, iPad app like eReading: Gulliver’s Travels, allows people with dyslexia to review the story over and over again until they can read the paragraph themselves. The highlighting with the narration builds new pathways in the brain and allows the brain to recognize the words easier. The reader can turn the narration and the highlighting on and off to check to see if they remember the words.


With dyslexia, people often have very good visual memory and processing capabilities. Many dyslexics take advantage of that and use their creative side to visualize different outcomes and possibilities when coming up with a solution to a problem.

The brain is remarkable. When it is lacking in one area, it makes up in another area. Just think about all the many famous people who have dyslexia. For example, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, and Agatha Christie all entertained or delighted us with their abilities to look at the world differently. Politicians such as John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill used their dyslexia to come up with amazing political solutions.

Dyslexia is a gift, not necessarily a curse!

Jolanda Witvliet

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Is Your Child Dyslexic?

As a parent, you suppose to notice everything and alert your family physician to any concerns. However, how do you know if your child is dyslexic? And, is being dyslexic a big problem?

What is Dyslexia?

First of all, what is dyslexia? Take a look at this (partial) list of symptoms below. How many symptoms does your child have?

•   She had a difficult time pronouncing words.

•   He started to talk later then most kids.

•   Talked in incomplete sentences for longer then other kids.

•   Grammar is difficult concept for dyslexic people.

•   She had a hard time learning her alphabet, even with songs and aids & turns her letters, such as p,d,q, and b around.

•   Dyslexic people have a limited vocabulary.

•   He can understand more complicated words, but has a hard time using them in his own vocabulary.

•   She might have a difficult time with concepts and relationships such as the doll is left of the box, and on top of the chair.

•   He has great trouble with discriminating sounds, especially vowels.

•   Decodes a word and has to decode the same word again on the next page.

•   Misreading common words such as “of” for “from.”

•   Transposing letters and/or numbers.

•   She usually read slower, misread more often, skip words, guess at longer words, and can skip entire lines.

•   She has poor comprehension of the words she read.

•   Traditional reading methods such as phonics do not work.

•   Difficult time spelling.

•   He has trouble getting his thoughts from his head on paper.

•   Misspells the same words various ways, even in the same paragraph.

How does Dyslexia Affect Learning?

After reading this list, do you think your child might be dyslexic? If so, how does that affect your child and his learning?

•   She might have low self-esteem and be anxious or depressed.

•   Hates going to school or only goes to school to hang with other kids.

•   Her teacher thinks she might have ADHD.

•   He likes reading books, but actually mostly looks at the pictures and fills in the blank from memory or makes things up.

•   She throws a fit doing homework, especially if it involves writing.

•   It seems they are always reluctant to do schoolwork.

•   Throws temper tantrums, even at older ages.

You might want to look for ways to make reading fun. There are online website that read the books to kids or check out the eReading: Gulliver’s Travels app in the app store, specifically designed for people with reading issues.

What are the Benefits of being Dyslexic?

There are many famous people who are dyslexic. How about Jay Leno (TV comedian), Richard Branson (business,and airline entrepreneur), Charles Swab (financial entrepreneur), Thomas Edison (inventor), Whoopi Goldberg (actress)? They all overcame their learning differences and either worked around it or used it to their advantage. For example, Richard Branson surounds himself with people that help write letters, stay organized, and check all his spelling. Jay Leno makes fun of himself when he talks about misspelled words in the newspaper.

Conclusion

Many dyslexic people feel that the trade-off for being incredibly creative and look at the world quite differently, is being dyslexic. They call it a gift!

Jolanda Witvliet

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