Touch Typing Courses For Children With Dyslexia & SpLDs
Learning to touch type can be life changing for your child
If your child has dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, or another SpLD, we understand how worried you may be feeling that they are struggling at school.
They may find it hard to get their thoughts down on paper even though they are super bright and have lots of wonderful ideas to express. They may be feeling frustrated and together with slow or painful handwriting, they may have lost their overall confidence.
Touch typing for them is an essential skill to learn. Will our help, we can help them to find their confidence again so that they can start enjoying school and help to avoid the worry that you may be feeling as a parent.
Why choose to learn with us...
- We are the only UK provider to offer tutor-supported lessons for ALL of our courses, even our learn from home remote courses.
- We have years of experience working with children with SEND needs.
- Most of our tutors are Mums themselves so understand some of the difficulties you may be going through.
- Our tutors are experienced friendly, patient, and understanding.
- We adapt the lessons each week so your child can learn without feeling under pressure.
And don't worry, our remote courses mean they don't need to be fixed to a time or place - our clever software allows us to check their real keystrokes remotely so we can give accurate and helpful feedback without us needing to be there!
We welcome you to give us a call so we can chat about how we can help your child best.
Helping Your Child To Get Their Thoughts Down On Paper
Your child won't be learning on their own. Experienced tutors will offer support and guidance throughout.
Your child's tutor will adapt the lessons individually for your child so they can progress and feel confident.
Your child can complete their weekly lesson on any day. Their tutor will check their work remotely each week.
Our typing programme uses real words and spellings using UK English. Arcade-style games for fun learning.
Feel Confident For School And Exams
We Follow A Proven Formula...We Know What Works.
Over 1500 children have benefitted from touch typing with us and our 5* Trustpilot reviews demonstrate our success.
As a specialist touch typing provider, we put the child's needs first and foremost and go the extra mile to make sure they get the best result that they can.
They will once again have the confidence to keep up with their friends at school and unlock and use all of the talents that they have.
Worried that there isn't enough time?
We understand that your child is super busy with schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.
As a parent, your week is also jammed packed and you may be wondering how you are going to be able to support your child.
But don't worry, this is where we can make it easy for them to learn...
- We give you an easy to get started guide
- Your child will learn in bite-sized modules each week
- Practice only takes 10 minutes per day!
- Easy "can't go wrong" step by step on-screen videos and audio.
- Easy to read tutor feedback each week so your child knows how to improve and what to do next.
Option 1 - 10 Week Remote Course Plus+
Suitable for children aged 9+. Our standard remote course + 2 x Zoom sessions. Suitable for older children with mild or moderate learning needs.
This is the same as the 10-week course but with the addition of two lessons on Zoom to give your child a little bit of extra confidence to meet their tutor face to face and get off to a great start.
We will show your child how to get started, how to set up their workstation, finger positioning, and some helpful hints and tips. They will also complete their first lesson. They will continue working from home for the final 8 weeks of the remote course with written weekly feedback from one of our tutors.
If your child has a moderate to severe SpLD, for best results this course will require some adult support and supervision at home.
Option 2 - 10 Week Remote Course - (Standard)
Age 10+. Our standard remote course supported by written feedback each week by a typing tutor. Video and audio support throughout the programme to aid learning.
This is a 10-week course with the option to add on additional weeks if necessary. Lessons are allocated by your child's designated tutor who will check their results remotely each week. You will receive comprehensive written feedback by email each week with details of how they are getting on, some tips for improvement, and what to do next. The tutor will personalise your child's lessons throughout the course.
Perfect for older students aged 10-18 years old who are able to work and follow instructions independently. May not be suitable for a child who has severe dyslexia or other learning needs.
Option 3 - Specialist Touch Typing Course For Children With Dyslexia
Suitable for children aged 8 - 11 years.
Supported by weekly written feedback from a typing tutor. The course is designed to allow for independent learning without the need for Zoom.
This is a rolling touch typing program, allowing your child to go at their own pace and ensure that their practice fits into their busy schedule.
It's simple but successful in its approach - small bite-sized modules, building up slowly by learning letter pairs, patterns, words, then simple sentences. There are some fun games too! This approach is based on easy repetition rather than overloading the muscle memory and therefore builds confidence at an early stage and gives a great final result. Your child will receive written tutor feedback every week.
Price: £120 per month for a minimum of 3 months. This is a rolling course working at your child's own pace.
Option 4 - One To One Lessons On Zoom
If your child is younger or you feel they would benefit from a face-to-face approach to learning, we can offer one-to-one lessons with one of our tutors on Zoom or at our Harrow Centre. This would be a weekly one hour lesson. Please contact us to find out about availability and pricing.
Option 5 - Personalised Private Client Service
Suitable for all ages.
Your child will be personally supported by our Founder and Director, Wendy Petersen. Under Wendy's expert guidance, your child will learn this skill in the easiest and most enjoyable way possible.
It follows a similar structure to the course above but includes an initial assessment and Zoom meetups as and when required.
Feedback is delivered by voice notes and written reports and incentives to help with motivation.
This is a course like no other. Places are extremely limited. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more or enquire about a booking.
Your Child Will Learn The Following:
Correct Finger Positioning
How To Focus On Accuracy
How To Build Speed Naturally
Typing Without Peeking!
Home Row Keys
Top Row Keys
Bottom Row Keys
Benefits Of Learning To Touch Type For Dyslexia or Dyspraxia
More likely to stay on task
Increase in confidence
Help with spelling patterns
Keep up in class
Type at the speed of thought
Type faster for essays or exams
Faster thought processing
Get thoughts down on paper fast
Focus on content rather than fingers
Type more accurately
Why Our Courses Are The Best Option For Your Child With A Learning Difference
Every child has their own personal tutor. Their tutor will assess your child's strengths and weaknesses to create a bespoke lesson plan for them so that they can progress confidently through the course.
Every week their tutor will check their results, offer advice and guidance, adjust their lesson plan and set their next lesson. So if a student is struggling with any keys, in particular, we can set those lessons again for practice or offer additional exercises to work on a particular skill.
Our programme is designed to progress at a slow and manageable pace without your child feeling overwhelmed. They will go at a pace that suits them.
There are three skills involved in touch typing – knowing the keyboard layout, typing accurately, and being able to type quickly. Some programs try to get the user to develop all 3 skills at once, in a small period of time. Overloading the user with instructions and commands in this manner is not helpful to dyslexic users. Our programme is designed to focus on each skill in small, easy-to-manage steps. With our 12-week courses, some students may need longer to complete the course. That's where their tutor comes in - she will adjust the lesson plan to suit the child.
We use real words and patterns of words to help with spelling
Many other typing programs make users type nonsense words. This should be avoided with dyslexic users as it will, if anything, have a negative impact on their spelling.
Our programme is multi sensory
Our programme has the option of having both text and audio instructions, with a picture of the keyboard on-screen at all times. There are also options to change the colour of the background on the screen and different fonts to help avoid visual stress and enhance text on the screen. There is also the option of voice narration.
Our programme gives your child full access over what they want to to see on the screen at any one time
An uncluttered screen layout has a picture of the keyboard clearly visible at all times. If there are too many distractions on the screen, such as moving objects or buttons to press, users will find it difficult to concentrate on the task in hand. Having a keyboard visible on screen helps with learning to type. Our programme allows the user to modify what they see on the screen. So they can choose to have several options switched on or off e.g. keyboard layout, hand guide, audio instructions, speed, accuracy. This all helps to avoid distractions and give your child the best chance of learning.
Our course is structured to help with your child's focus and concentration.
Our lessons are short and can be completed throughout the week, not just on lesson day. These interactive but short lessons will help keep your child interested. Many dyslexic children and adults find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. Learning to type requires a lot of concentration so we try to minimise the amount of time they spend typing at any one time so that they remain focused. Lessons are interactive and fun which helps to hold the attention of younger children.
If you want to know a little bit more before booking or have any questions or comments about touch typing - let's have a chat!