Reading Difficulties

20% of students will have difficulty learning to read


Reading difficulties

Students whose reading skills are below their chronological age by six months or more are likely to have difficulty accessing the curriculum and will benefit from AT to support their reading.

Students may be identified as Dyslexic, or as having poor decoding ability or weak comprehension. The difficulty with reading may stem from weak Phonological Awareness, Auditory Processing Disorder, Dyslexia, Visual Processing Disorder, Speech Language Impairment or Working Memory deficits. Students with these Learning Difficulties can be reluctant readers, and frustrated because they can’t read what other students find easy to access.

These students will benefit from the use of Text-to-speech. Good quality text-to-speech will support the reader in the following ways:

  • Customisable voice (e.g. male/ female voices & different accents)

  • Customisable speed- 120 words per minute is a good place to start for most young students

  • Each word is highlighted as it is read- this allows for easy tracking

  • Easy selection of text to be read

  • Simple start/stop activation

Most devices today have built-in text-to-speech. All ATapps online courses teach students how to make the best use of TTS. For more information about these courses click here:


Other areas of learning difficulty

Spelling difficulties

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Other areas of learning difficulty

Memory diffculties

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