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Talking Spell-checkers/Electronic Dictionaries

Learn about assistive technology tools called talking spell-checkers/electronic dictionaries.

By Kristin Stanberry , Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.

Talking spell checkers and electronic dictionaries can help a poor speller select or identify appropriate words and correct spelling errors during the process of writing and proofreading.  Talking devices "read aloud" and display the selected words onscreen, so the user can see and hear the words.

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

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

Products to Consider:

Resources to help you evaluate assistive technology for your child:

Updated August 2009

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

"My grandson can not read, his turning eleven soon, and way behind the other children, I can not affrod a tutor, and am not there to help him, so I thought I would look into bying a Electronic DIctionry to help him, I havent got much money, being on a pension, what can I do ? "