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There are several types of learning disabilities, ranging from difficulties with math or reading to struggling with communication or motor skills. Find out how the right device or app can help a child with a learning disability.
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Girl Voice: Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have learning difficulties?
Boy Voice: That's right. And chances are you know kids like us who have a hard time with reading, math, communication, organization, social interaction, or motor skills.
Girl Voice: Yeah, getting organized and keeping on schedule can be really difficult for me.
Boy Voice: For me, doing math in my head and estimation is a big challenge.
Girl Voice: The good news is that today there are lots of apps, websites, games, and devices that help kids like us read, practice, and play at our own pace.
Boy Voice: And comfort level.
Girl Voice: Finding the right product isn't hard. Here are some simple tips to help you pick.
Boy Voice: First, match the device to the kid. Make sure the device you pick lets you adjust the settings to better meet our learning challenges.
Girl Voice: Being able to change the font size, screen color, sound levels, motion style, and captioning can make a big difference in how we learn.
Boy Voice: Next, pick your content carefully. Look for engaging apps, websites, and games that match our interests, provide clear instructions, and give positive feedback.
Girl Voice: For instance, I have a cousin who has trouble with communication – especially when people are speaking fast. Good apps for her let her listen and respond, and change the rate of speech.
Boy Voice: Finally, get involved. Get used to the device yourself so you can show us how to change the settings.
Girl Voice: And when we aren't using tech, do off-line activities with us that connect to what we've been learning.
Boy Voice: Like going to the history museum if we've just learned about the triceratops in a game.
Boy and Girl Voice Together: Following these simple steps will go a long way in helping kids like us!
Boy Voice: For more on tech resources for kids with learning difficulties, check out Common Sense Media's Power Up Guide at commonsense.org.