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Touch Typing for Dyslexics and Others

How Touch Typing Helps Those with or without Learning Difficulties.  
By Jane Verity

Does your child have difficulty with handwriting, spelling, copying or composition?  

All of these skills require complex co-operation between the brain, eyes and fingers.  To write a letter of the alphabet it is necessary to know where to start in the space of the page, to remember the shape and the orientation of the letter (which way round it goes).  To write a word, the sequence of the letters needs to be correct and the right letters have to be used.  To copy, the eye needs to register what it is copying, remember it and bring it over to be deposited on another piece of paper.  During the transference it could get lost and then the one doing the copying can have great difficulty in finding the place where they were again. As for composition – well you need handwriting, spelling, vocabulary as well as thinking about what to actually write.

If the above operations could be simplified – surely everyone would benefit?

Instead of handwriting each letter, a key is tapped, when touch typing.  It is no longer necessary to remember how to form the letter or which way round it goes.  As far as spelling is concerned; with touch typing, words and parts of words can be learned as a movement.  Spelling can be learned as a series of letter patterns such as ‘er’, ‘gh’, ‘ed’ etc. - quick movements of one or two fingers.  This uses quite a different part of the brain and when the skill of touch typing is thoroughly learned, it is a skill for life. Typing becomes automatic, like changing gear in a car or riding a bicycle.  This needs to be learned with the hands covered so that the eyes are not involved, it is all done by feel.

As far as copying goes, the eye can stay on what is being copied, so the place does not need to be lost.  And once touch typing becomes automatic, it takes a huge strain off the writer and they can just let their thoughts fly to the screen, hardly noticing what their fingers are doing.

Furthermore, there are many software programmes and aids in existing programmes to help everyone with spelling, grammar and the like.  Those with learning difficulties have more help available to them now from every direction than ever before, not least of which is the proliferation of computers.  If they learn to touch type it makes one of their largest obstacles: writing – so very much easier.

Touch typing helps everyone and would save businesses a very great deal of money because of the time it would save.  At the Verityping courses about 10% are adults, 30% teenagers, 60% aged between 6 and 12.  Approximately 60% have some form of learning difficulties.

The Verityping touch typing courses take place during the Easter and summer holidays and private touch typing lessons are available throughout the year.  The course lasts four mornings and over that time the student will learn all the letters and the important techniques that lead to accuracy and speed.

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