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Speech Recognition Software Programs

Learn about assistive technology tools called speech recognition programs.

By Kristin Stanberry , Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.

A speech recognition program works in conjunction with a word processor. The user "dictates" into a microphone, and his spoken words appear on the computer screen as text. This can help a student whose oral language ability is better than his writing skills.  

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

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

Products to Consider:

Resources to help you evaluate assistive technology for your child:

Update 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 readers

"Our district is experimenting with voice to text as an option for students who are diagnosed with disgraphia. I'd love to know of schools or individuals who are having productive results when it comes to recognition of young student voices. We have found "Dragon" to be more effective with mature voices. "