If your child has trouble reading, or reads too slowly, she might benefit from text-to-speech software. Text-speech-software takes any text in digital format (such as on the Internet or in a word processor) and reads it aloud. This can be helpful in a variety of situations.
You can download several text-to-speech software programs for free. I have used Natural Reader for several years. You can get the free version or purchase a version that has several pleasant voices from which you can choose. Other free text-to-speech readers are reviewed at DKSZone.
Here is what you can do with text-to-speech software:
Most textbook publishers make their books available in digital format for students who are diagnosed with learning disabilities specific to language. Some of these are available online and some on CD. Ask your child’s teacher to find out whether it is available. If your child has an IEP, providing books in a digital format can be a required modification.
Text-to-speech software is great for reading to your child, but it can do so much more! Best of all—very good readers are available for free.