Wordshark is recommended by teachers and educational psychologists who know that the program can make all the difference.
Needing extra help at home
A child who is struggling to read and spell can easily fall behind, especially when there isn’t enough help in place to support them. It’s understandable that they can become stressed and anxious at school and at home, comparing themselves to other children and sometimes feeling treated as though they are stupid.
Computer games provide a non-judgemental way to learn spellings, without pressure and without the fear of failure. The program was specifically created in response to the struggles faced by dyslexic students, and since 1995 Wordshark has specialised in teaching reading and spelling.
Below are examples of how Wordshark works for children with dyslexia and other SEN
Motivation and confidence: Learning games (plus the short reward games) keep students motivated. Seeing their own improvement also provides encouragement and builds confidence. Each child can make progress at the level and speed that they are comfortable with.
The games format: The multi-sensory games can be adapted to help children with other special educational needs, such as dyspraxia, ADD, and ADHD, as well as dyslexia.
Alphabet and dictionary: Many dyslexic children find it hard to remember the order of letters in the alphabet, making it hard, for example, to use a dictionary. Wordshark includes alphabet and dictionary games to address this.
Phonics options: The phonics games and options are great for students who benefit from learning to read and spell by blending and segmenting words.
Commonly used words: Many common words are irregular so pose problems for dyslexic children. Wordshark’s High Frequency Words course gives children extra practice with these tricky words.
Engaging and multi-sensory: Dyslexic students benefit from Wordshark’s multi-sensory approach to games. They respond by using the keyboard, the mouse, by recording a word, using a touchscreen, or by saying them aloud. Games graphics are non-age-specific so they are suitable for children of any age.
Adding homework spellings: You can add your own words and pictures and record the words yourself. This provides a positive and fun way for children to learn their spelling lists at home. They can take as long as they need to feel confident that they know the words.
‘Overlearning’ and necessary repetition: The games allow students to go over the same words repeatedly without getting bored. This ‘overlearning’ helps those with poor memory or who need extra time to absorb the spellings.
More help and advice:
- British Dyslexia Association bdadyslexia.org.uk
- Helen Arkell Dyslexia charity helenarkell.org.uk
- Professional association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties patoss-dyslexia.org
- Dyspraxia Foundation dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
Used Wordshark for my daughter to help with her dyslexia (right up to age 17 with own word lists for her course work) but also use Wordshark for my 10-year-old son who is not dyslexic. The statutory word lists for years 3 through to years 6 have been fantastic to help him prepare for the SATs.
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