Touch Typing Courses for Children with Dyslexia or Similar Assessments
A Typical Question from a Parent
Q: I recently had my child assessed for Dyslexia and was encouraged to have him learn to touch type. Please would you outline why this is important:
Computers and keyboards will be here for the foreseeable future so those learning to Touch Type gain a life skill that helps them both in education and their future careers.
Having a skill that allows children to use a keyboard with automatic finger movements that frees them from looking down to search out keys, has a huge impact on the progress they are then able to make.
The ability to touch type will enormously help any child who suffers from any of the following:
Those with poor hand control or who find handwriting difficult;
Those who find it difficult expressing themselves and getting their ideas down on paper;
Those with slow, illegible or untidy writing;
Anyone with poor spelling, bearing in mind ‘Spell check’ and ‘Auto correct’ are disabled for exams. Touch typing improves spelling and the programme we use is specifically geared to improving literacy – grammar, vocabulary and spelling.
The ability to touch type boosts creativity as the brain is freed from ‘hunt & pecking’ at the keyboard, giving confidence to do more things and do them better.
"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”.