Children with SpLD's
If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ASD, ADHD and/or processing challenges, writing by hand can compromise creativity. Touch typing is the single most effective way to help a child with SpLD’s who struggles with hand writing and getting their thoughts on paper.
We can help your child access a laptop at school for use in lessons and exams
When we learn to type by touch and by not looking at our hands, muscle memory is used and this develops so that eventually we will be able to type without consciously thinking about how we are writing. This is called cognitive automaticity and it is this which takes the pressure off the working memory.
"An educational psychologist recommended that my 11 year old son should use a laptop at school as his difficulties with handwriting were holding him back. With a year to go to his exams I knew he had to master the skill of touch typing as soon as possible. I was incredibly lucky to find Wendy at Type IT! She is professional, understanding and kind. The guidance she gives is excellent and the software is user friendly. My son loved the course and was typing over 30wpm at the end of 10 weeks. It has transformed his academic life; writing tasks which used to be tiring and difficult for him are now so much easier. He gets more work done with less effort. I can’t thank Wendy enough or recommend the course more highly.”
Mrs Faruqi, parent of Haaris, age 11, 44wpm
If children continue to hunt and peck to type, they are using part of the mind to search for the right keys and will never develop automaticity. Quite often we have students that come to us and they say, “I’m really fast the way I type now, when I look.” This may well be, but how many mistakes do they make when their eyes are looking down at their fingers, rather than watching what they are typing on the screen? It’s impossible for them to type and think at the same time. Part of the brain is being processed with the non-automatic task of hunting and pecking and that’s not ideal.
Benefits for those children with SpLD's
- Touch typing homework assignments can be completed much faster and more accurately with less strain on the working memory.
- Copying and note taking from notes or the board is much quicker and efficient as there is no need to break eye contact with the board.
- Automatic typing gives the freedom to listen so that students can keep up and follow class discussions rather than forgetting what is said then trying to catch up. They are more likely to stay on task.
- Spelling patterns also frequently worked on, this is particularly helpful for dyslexic children. Muscle memory retains the patterns by this repetition.