AT and Learning Disabilities
Students with reading problems can work around their problems by listening to recorded text (books, journals, newspapers) rather than reading it. Most public libraries and many bookstores sell books-on-tape. Not all audiotapes work on all tape recorders; they may have varying speeds and formats. Tape recorders can be used to capture spoken information, such as a teacher’s instructions or a classroom lecture. This permanent record allows people to refer back to an oral presentation. People who have difficulty processing, understanding or remembering what they hear may find this helpful. Variable speech control (VSC) tape recorders enable the listener to play audiotaped text faster or slower than it was originally recorded, without losing the actual sounds of the words. Some students understand spoken language better at a slower pace and others find that they can review material faster by speeding up the tape.