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Looking up a word in an ordinary dictionary requires knowledge of how the word is spelt. There are special dictionaries that are very useful for children with specific spelling difficulty. For example: Webster’s New World Pocket Misspeller’s Dictionary (normal print) and Random House Webster’s Pocket Bad Speller’s Dictionary (large print).
In these dictionaries, words are entered under the correct spelling in black, and alternative, incorrect spellings are entered in red. If the child wants to look up knife, for example, he will find it under both ‘k’ (‘knife’) and ‘n’ (‘nife’). ‘Nife’ would be in red and would have the correct spelling next to it.
A more sophisticated solution is the small ‘computer dictionary’, for example: ‘Franklin Electronic Publishers Webster’s Spell Corrector Plus’. This is an electronic spell checker displaying 16 characters that is manufactured by Franklin Electronics (it is available from Amazon). This is the size of a handheld calculator and stores words with phonetic corrections. The child can type in ‘SYKOLEGY’, for example, then press the ‘spell’ button, and the little screen will show ‘PSYCHOLOGY’. It also has a number of spelling games.
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