Dyslexia and the spoken voice

Many of the educational and workplace solutions to help with Neuro diversity,are based on the spoken voice. For example, you would use your voice to dictate a document with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (as I’m doing right now) and then proof read the same document with a program like Text Help.

So, why is using the spoken voice very important for individuals with dyslexia?

With dyslexia, it is more difficult to make direct connections between the sounds of words and their meaning.

Using your inner voice (when you’re typing or handwriting) can only activate one area of the brain: Broca’s area (sound processing) or Wernicke’s area (processing meaning). Any spoken voice, providing time for reflection is factored in, has been shown to activate both areas of the brain.

the brain

Image from www.doc’sbrainblocks.co

Using your voice to dictate also uses the least amount of your concentration.

Have a go for yourself – see what happens:

Time yourself writing for three minutes on anything you like by hand.

Now, on the same subject, speak and record yourself for three minutes.

Which differences did you notice between the two things?

Did you find that it was easier to be more eloquent, giving more details when you spoke compared to when you wrote?

Did you understand more when you hand wrote or when you spoke?

Using your voice is something you can do throughout a number of different things i.e. you can talk yourself through the jobs that you have to do in a day and read things aloud to help you understand them.

I hope that you enjoy using your voice.


Research on spoken voice by: Professor Margaret J Snowling
Professor of Psychology, University of York 


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