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How Touch-Typing Can Benefit Dyslexic Children

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

✨Touch typing, a method of typing without looking at the keyboard, can be highly beneficial for dyslexic children. Here's why:⚡️


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💥It eliminates the need for visual monitoring: When touch typing, individuals do not have to visually monitor the keyboard or search for each key. By relying on muscle memory, they can focus their attention on the content they are typing, freeing up cognitive resources that would otherwise be consumed by visually tracking and locating keys.


💻 It increases typing speed: Touch typing involves using all fingers and assigning specific fingers to specific keys. With practice, individuals can develop muscle memory for the key positions and typing patterns. As a result, typing speed can increase significantly, reducing the time and cognitive effort required to transcribe thoughts into written form.


🖊️ It increases writing speed and accuracy: Dyslexic children may experience difficulties with writing fluently and accurately due to letter reversals and spelling errors. Touch typing enables them to bypass these challenges by relying on muscle memory, resulting in improved writing speed and accuracy.


⚡️It facilitates multi-tasking: When touch typing becomes automatic, individuals can simultaneously engage in other tasks, such as formulating ideas, organising thoughts, or conducting research. The reduced cognitive load associated with typing allows for better multitasking and preserves working memory capacity for higher-level cognitive activities.


🥇It boosts confidence and self-esteem: Dyslexic children often face frustration and a sense of inadequacy when their writing abilities lag behind their peers. Learning touch typing can give them a practical skill that levels the playing field, boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Once dyslexic children master touch typing, they can access information and express their thoughts more efficiently. This independence in learning empowers them to navigate digital platforms, engage in online discussions, and pursue their academic goals with greater autonomy.


Boy touch typing

By automating the typing process and minimizing the cognitive demands associated with visual monitoring and error correction, touch typing helps to alleviate the cognitive load on working memory. This enables individuals, including those with dyslexia, to focus more effectively on the content they are typing and promotes smoother and more efficient written communication.


At dittas we offer a Saturday morning Touch typing Class which also includes a subscription to TTRS and Spellzone at just £11.50 a session. Contact Sarah at info@dyslexiaservices.net for more information. To summarise, if you or your child has Dyslexia, Touch Typing is the way forward to help with writing and the TTRS programme is the best.

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