My son's finishing up his freshman year away at college. He has great writing skills, coming up with great ideas for essays and research papers. He could do all the research and easily outline what he wanted to write. But when the time came to put his outline to work, and write the actual paper, he hit the classic Blank Page roadblock. Being the "helpful" mother I am, I got him the Dragon Speak as a gift and sent it off to school in a care package with a pack of his favorite beef jerky. He actually opened the box and used it, but he reported it still felt a little clunky. So I suggested he stand up when speaking. It's an old trick but it worked like a charm. Now he stands up, looks at his outlines and dictates his papers easily, saving him tons of time and hand wringing trying to get over writers block. He says that standing helps put his brain in writing gear. All that saved time now gets used for editing and polishing, which of course, he can do sitting down!
You gave your son very loving, practical tools to help him thrive in his college life! Well done!
Assistant to The HomeScholar
On any Macintosh laptop you can press the function key twice and it automatically translates your speech to text. This has worked better than any of the traditional programs for our son. Siri on an iPhone comes in second to directly speaking into the Mac.
Total bunny trail here - I had voice recognition on a GPS I once owned. I told it to display "ZOO." It responded, "Showing schools." I chuckled, then repeated, "ZOO!" The GPS cheerily announced "Showing government offices." By that time I was laughing too hard to try again.
We tried a primordial Dragon when we got a new pc waaaaay back in the 90s, and it's true: it helped my dyslexic husband--once he got it trained. But really, the advent of the home computer has made such a difference for him in and of itself. Spell-check programs are pretty darn useful! Neither those nor the voice-recognition software make him totally independent, though: after all, "form" and "from" are both in the program's lexicon. We are considering re-investing in Dragon for the sake of our children, two of whom are dyslexic--and the other just dislikes writing, and would use the program because it frees her of the mechanics.