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Developmental Disorders, Communication and Interaction

The Texthelp Group provides a wide range of tools that can be helpful to students who find it hard to communicate their thoughts and ideas. With these tools students can find ways to work and collaborate with others - in a way that best suits their needs.

Who are these tools for?

Students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder including Asperger Syndrome.

What do these tools help with? 

  • Organisation and prioritisation of tasks
  • Categorising of notes and content for easier revision

Feature

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Colour coding and Highlighting:

  • Many students with ASD are visual thinkers and by assigning a colour to a category establishes clear, visual organisation. This allows the student to draw on learnt experiences, which creates a sense of order and reduces anxiety.
  • Highlighting information and gathering into a collection of colour coded information makes research and revision easier.

Global Tasks

Writing Helper

Text to speech:

  • Using headphones to listen to text being read aloud can cut down on distractions
  • Following along as the text is highlighted can help with concentration

Read&Write

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ClaroRead

Screen Masking: 

  • Screen masking can really help students with ADHD or ADD to concentrate, by focussing on smaller amounts of text at a time and reducing visual stress.
  •  Using the reading ruler enables students to track text as they are reading, whether it is one line at a time or several paragraphs. As the student is in control of the ruler, it keeps them engaged and builds confidence.

Read&Write

ClaroRead

Spell checking and vocabulary:

  • These features help the student to understand why a word is incorrect, and gives them assistance in selecting the right correction.

Read&Write

ClaroRead

Task management and organisation: 

  • Knowing everything is in one place, organised, colour coded and with clear priorities can help students who systemise and require high levels of structure.
  • Due dates can be added to all tasks. This can provide clarity to students who require a clear end point to when activities should be completed.
  • Students are able to set up recurring tasks for daily, weekly, monthly, yearly occurrences. This can be a useful feature to help students with ASD who require repetitive activities to cope with everyday life.

Global Tasks

Writing Helper

Visual overview:

  • A ‘Visual Overview’ instead of long lists – reducing reliance on working memory and high levels of concentration.
  • Students can understand projects at a glance with minimal reading. The ‘Visual Overview’ makes it easier to focus, process and retain information.

Global Tasks

Writing Helper

Audio notes:

  • If the user is finding it hard to focus on a lesson or lecture, they can record it using and then review it later (in short sections if necessary), adding notes and so on.

Read&Write

Equatio

ClaroRead

Scan and Screenshot Reader:

  • The scanning feature means students can convert hard copies of text and documents into digital versions, which they can then access in multiple ways.

Read&Write

Equatio

ClaroRead

Writing Helper