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iPad Apps to Support Reading and Writing

August 05, 2016

Technology gives voice to children with impaired language skills

Reading and writing can be a struggle for children in school for a variety of reasons. While educators and therapists evaluate children to determine the best methods and strategies to support them, schools are increasingly using technology in their curriculum to promote learning.

The iPad is one such tool. There are many iPad apps that can enhance a child’s learning experience, especially in the areas of reading and writing.


  • Starfall Learn to Read is a beginner reader with short stories.
  • Voice Dream Reader includes great features that provide auditory and visual supports for readers. Documents and reading materials can be added to this app by typing your own document, iCloud storage, Google Drive, Drop Box and from website downloads.
  • OverDrive and Hoopla are two apps that can be used through your library to read or listen to books on the iPad. Many local community libraries provide ebooks and audio books
  • Claro PDF pro is also a good app to support reading and writing. This app allows you to annotate on PDF files and documents. This app will also speak back accessible text PDF files and documents.


  • Keedogo Plus provides a bright child-friendly keyboard with word prediction.
  • Co: Writer Universal and Voice Dream Writer are apps that provide visual and auditory support for writers who may be struggling with traditional apps used for writing. Each of these apps has features that can be customized to an individual’s writing preferences.
  • iAnnotate PDF, Notability and PaperPort Notes deliver the ability to customize documents with text, voice notes and highlighting and also include organizational features.
  • SnapType Pro is a quick and easy-to-use app that enables users to type into a document. Simply take a picture, type information into the worksheet or document and share via email, upload to Dropbox or print.
  • Letter Quiz, BT Handwriting and Zaner-Bloser Handwriting help beginners form letters in upper case, lower case or in cursive. These apps provide visual and auditory teaching to learn letters.

The iPad has its own features that help support learning. Found under the “Accessibility” options, these features include speak selection, speak screen, larger text and the ability to highlight content that is read. Additional built-in features that may be helpful include an onscreen keyboard with word prediction and voice dictation.

To learn more about assistive or rehabilitation technology, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).