After several meetings with the teachers who help him throughout out the day, it was decided that he needed assistive technology to help him. He needed to be able to type out his homework. It's been two weeks since he started this and it has made a world of difference.
His teachers can now read what he has answered and can now see that he does understand the concepts he is learning. The program he is using is one I have mentioned before, called Snap Type for OT.
SnapType is an app that allows the student to take a picture of the worksheet or a page in a workbook etc. and attach text boxes where the answers should go. They can then type in their answers and either email them to the teacher or print them out and take them to school.
Teaching my son how to use the app was simple. And he caught on very quickly. He has even learned how to flip the image, adjust the font size, and save his work. I do, however, still need to help him take the picture and organize the files so he can find them later.
One thing, I did have issues with is the camera. The camera on the iPad seemed a tad wonky when using this app. At times, it would appear upside down or sideways when my paper was right side up. I spoke to the creators of SnapType, and was given a simple tip to combat that issue. Simply, tape your document to a whiteboard or the wall and take your picture vertically, rather than on a counter or table. It worked like a charm!
Once your child has completed their homework, you have the option to share it as an image, a PDF or SnapType document. From there you can print it out or you can email it to the teacher that made the assignment.
Overall, I am super impressed with how easy it is to use. My son figured out how to use it the first night. His teachers have told me that they are excited to be able to see his progress and to finally be able to see that he understands what he's learning. Granted, it takes some time to do homework since we have to take a picture then print it out or email it but in the end it's all worth it.
In addition to helping him overcome his frustration, it's preparing him for middle school where there will be a lot more homework. Also, it has helped him feel better about himself. He's so proud of himself to be able to produce work that his teachers can read and understand.
SnapType for OT is free unless you want the features that come with the Pro version then it is $2.99, which in my opinion is worth the money. This app works on an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with an iOS of 8.0 or higher. It is optimized for the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus. I have been told that an updated version will allow Android users to use the app as well. When it will be available has not yet been determined.
What apps do you use to help your kids in school?