Dysgraphia Solutions for Math

Math apps CalcuPad Mathscribe

Students with dysgraphia are challenged with producing written information legibly and fluently. Written composition is a significant challenge but also writing math problems can also be a challenge. Here area a few solutions for creating math problems electronically – yes with apps for that!

A couple that can do the job (certainly there are more!):

CalcuPad iconCalcuPad App (free and Pro- 1.99) – Provides a viewable writing area to display the math equation. Performs the calculation automatically. Provides symbols for operations as √, parentheses, exponents needed in algebra problems. You can populate a number of math problems on one page. Work flow provides printing, copying and emailing your work. Pro version removes ad.

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Mathscribe iconMathScribe app (free) for iPad. Provides a document work environment for creating basic math problems. Create new and saves as RTF files. Three different keyboard providing a variety of math symbols are available using the PREV and NEXT buttons on the bottom of the keyboard.

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Both of these apps could provide solutions for upper elementary, middle or high school or college students who have significant difficulty writing math problems and are taking basic or functional math classes.

Certainly there are many more, but here are a few for your school, AT or OT mTool Kit!

What math apps are in your mobile tool kit?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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4 Responses to Dysgraphia Solutions for Math

  1. Stephen says:

    Hi Carol! I’ve tried mathscribe and i think i prefer Soulver for kids with dysgrpahia as it works better with speech and voiceover, although notably, the unicode functionality of mathscribe is better! What are your thoughts?


  2. John Griffith says:

    Related Question: I have a very bright son in college. His study mates (engineering students) say how he is the go to guy for explaining their calculus class problems when they study for a test. (he gets it!!) But he bombs the test because putting it on paper always results in written errors. Any thoughts?

    • Hi John, Writing math is a tricky thing. Where as voice recognition can be very good, the math components are still somewhat difficult. Is what he is writing illegible or just the translation from his hands to paper wrong?

      I am not a math person, so I have a hard time with trialing things out. If he typed out the answers (this is not easy…) with math typing software would that improve it?
      Can you identify what the errors are? calculations, writing things down wrong??? MS Word has a tool called Equation editor that is not typically as fast as hand writing, but if that is the barrier – and it would help that would be worth the trial.
      Another option (a trial is available) is the software Efofex, it is math and equation typing tools that integrate into MS Word and Mac (I believe). Search Efofex software and check out the different types.
      Although difficult there is Math type software that can be used with voice recognition software. That is not easy however, first you must learn Dragon, then learn the Math Type software also and have a robust computer – however if your son is in engineering, he most likely has a computer that has special graphics and a load of RAM.

      A few thoughts

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