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Thanks! My son has dyslexia, so physically reading is very difficult for him (9 yo). All his teachers have supported the idea that parents reading to him as well as him listening to audiobooks is just as good as him physically reading a book. Always nice to get more confirmation of that! He's currently working his way through the Harry Potter series.


I used to record for Learning Ally (https://learningally.org/) which is a good resource. I did math textbooks (yes, it's a challenge "reading" graphs and formulas. We had to be trained in standards for that).

In my opinion, the important thing is the content.

While he needs to work on his reading skills, once he gets to middle school, they will be reading for content, and he will be left behind. At which point it is super-important to see if you can get audio versions of his textbooks via Learning Ally or a similar program
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I used to record for Learning Ally (https://learningally.org/) which is a good resource. I did math textbooks (yes, it's a challenge "reading" graphs and formulas. We had to be trained in standards for that).

In my opinion, the important thing is the content.

While he needs to work on his reading skills, once he gets to middle school, they will be reading for content, and he will be left behind. At which point it is super-important to see if you can get audio versions of his textbooks via Learning Ally or a similar program
Thank you for the post! I remember a few years ago listening to an NPR segment on dyslexia and listening to some of the people they interviewed (adults with dyslexia) and it clicked and I said "THAT'S MAX!" I called my wife and made her turn it on. He was 6-7 at the time. Still learning the best strategies to help, but he has a great support team at school who we trust. Audio books have been a godsend. I'll look into the Learning Ally stuff.
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Thank you for the post! I remember a few years ago listening to an NPR segment on dyslexia and listening to some of the people they interviewed (adults with dyslexia) and it clicked and I said "THAT'S MAX!" I called my wife and made her turn it on. He was 6-7 at the time. Still learning the best strategies to help, but he has a great support team at school who we trust. Audio books have been a godsend. I'll look into the Learning Ally stuff.
FWIW, it's not just for kids. They record books through college & grad school, and have even done stuff for older adults out of college.

I was on the volunteer side, so I don't know how they operate for individual students or if there needs to be a school sponsorship or what.
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Ok, got a Galaxy A10S yesterday, and I love it for Audible. I just use WiFi or tether my phone to download books. I love the slider so I have more options to control the speed.

I decided to try out my podcasts as well, and they have the slider, but I haven't found an app I like yet. I use Downcast on iOS and I really like the layout and functionality, but there is no Android version.

Any recommendations for Android podcast apps? Couple requirements -- 1. Must work with Android Auto. 2. I listen to a daily podcast and I want an app that just auto starts the next episode when the current one is done. I thought that was standard, but some of the ones I tried don't do that. 3. Clean, easy interface -- I don't want to make playlists, or mess with a bunch of settings every time (I don't mind a one-time setup, but I don't want to have to add every new episode to a playlist to make it work). My use case is I get in my car and hit play on the current episode and I just want it to keep playing the next episode of that podcast until it runs out, and then I might switch to a different podcast and do the same thing, but that's unlikely, because if I'm driving long enough for that to matter I'm probably going to do an audiobook instead. I would LOVE an option on Android auto to skip forward or back 30 seconds, but that's not a deal breaker.
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UPDATE -- I had tried Pocket Cast and liked it, but it didn't seem to be compatible with Android Auto. But I found several articles that say it is, so I'll try it again.
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Jane Austen is excellent at writing intentionally boring people. Miss Bates in Emma joins Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice in being an absolutely annoying person to read speaking.

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