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2018 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

F24 - Using Reading Research to Transform Text-to-Speech Use in the Classroom for Students With Dyslexia

Oct 26, 2018 3:15pm ‐ Oct 26, 2018 4:15pm

Standard: $20.00


Text-to-speech and related read-aloud tools are implemented in an attempt to assist students’ reading comprehension skills. Research suggests text-to-speech technologies assist students with reading comprehension. However, the effectiveness of text-to-speech tools is highly variable. This presentation reviews past research on its effectiveness and reports on current research efforts underway to better predict for whom text-to-speech will be most beneficial.

Learning Objectives:

  • RESEARCH: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Evaluate the different multimedia learning tools and show practical applications of these tools in professional development and teacher training.

Disclosure: Sarah Wood and Richard K. Wagner have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Sarah Geiss Wood, M.S., doctoral candidate, Developmental Psychology, Florida State University
  • Richard K. Wagner, Ph.D., Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research Department of Psychology, Florida State University

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