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Proofreading Software Programs

Learn about assistive technology tools called proofreading software programs.

By Kristin Stanberry , Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.

Students who struggle with writing (e.g., spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage, and sentence structure) may benefit from software programs (included in many word processing systems) that scan word processing documents and alert the user to possible errors.

What type(s) of learning difficulty do these tools address?

This type of tool benefits people who struggle with: writing/spelling.

Products to Consider:

Ginger

Most word processing software programs include proofreading programs. They may be identified as spell-checkers or grammar-checkers within a word processing program.

Ginger analyzes misspelled words within the context of an entire sentence and suggests words based on the intended meaning of the sentence. This is different than most spell checkers that simply suggest words that resemble the misspelled words. Ginger corrects whole sentences, including multiple spelling and grammar errors all in one click, providing a potentially faster and more efficient way to work.

Ginger’s technology was developed specifically to correct the kinds of spelling mistakes commonly made by people with dyslexia. Although other products have focused on dyslexia, Ginger’s online grammar checker is the first to operate as an online service that continuously adds “dyslexic misspellings” to its database. The more the technology is used by people with dyslexia, the more accurate it should become.

Resources to help you evaluate assistive technology for your child:

Updated February 2010

Kristin Stanberry is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, education, and consumer health/wellness issues. Her areas of expertise include learning disabilities and AD/HD, which she wrote about extensively for Schwab Learning and GreatSchools.

 

Marshall H. Raskind, Ph.D., is a learning disability researcher. He is a frequent presenter at international LD conferences and is the author of numerous professional publications on learning disabilities. He is well-known for his research on assistive technology and longitudinal studies tracing LD across the life span.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

09/6/2011:
"I downloaded Ginger and fed it a sample that included dialogue: "Which way do we go now?" asked Lonnie. Ginger's beady little digital mind thought that the question mark ended the sentence, so the dialogue tag should be a new sentence, i.e., Asked Lonnie. Never mind that Asked Lonnie is an incomplete sentence. No grammar software this incompetent should be trusted, let alone recommended. "
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