Touch Typing Courses for Children with Dyslexia or Similar Assessments
"Quite simply, most dyslexic children report that they can ‘think better’ when they type”
“If you are dyslexic, writing by hand can be a trade-off between coherence and creativity. Using a keyboard allows pupils to concentrate on the big things… quite simply, most dyslexics report that they can ‘think better’ when they type”
- Louise Green, chair of the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
It is now widely accepted that being able to touch type is a particularly beneficial skill for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia or similar assessments.
Touch typing greatly reduces the need for handwriting which is a challenging area for many. Producing work on a computer frees the writer from attempting to process thought in a linear fashion – dyslexic individuals in particular benefit from being able to capture thoughts and then add structure later on.
If given permission to use a computer in exams, the ability to Touch Type will make a huge difference!
Other benefits include:
● Reading ● Comprehension ● Spelling ● Vocabulary
Children are generally aware they have learning difficulties, especially if they’ve done tests with an educational psychologist. One would hope they receive the necessary help at school especially regarding being given the extra time they are entitled to in exams.
English and ICT teachers are as enthusiastic as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) about the touch typing programme used by Type by Touch.
The personal attention and encouragement given by Type by Touch to students with learning difficulties can make a big difference to their confidence and ability to learn this vital skill.
“I have achieved great success with the touch typing courses for children with dyslexia that I run. There are scores of children with learning difficulties that I have helped and encouraged to learn touch typing over the years, which has been a huge help in boosting confidence for many of them”.