How Does Touch Typing Help?
If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and or processing challenges, writing by hand can compromise creativity. Touch typing for these students can help develop their higher-order thinking allowing concentration on the big things such as planning and content.
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. Along with driving a car or riding a bike it is an example of cognitive automaticity. It is this automaticity that takes the burden off the working memory.
'Helps Free Up the Brain'
Touch typing is the single most effective way to help a child with SpLD's who struggle with hand writing and getting their thoughts on paper.
It is essential that they are taught to touch type correctly and are supported at home and in school.
Hunting and pecking with two or four fingers uses part of the mind to search for the right keys therefore cannot be automatic.
By removing the non- automatic hand writing with the automatic skill of touch typing, the amount of processing that the brain has to do to achieve what should be purely mechanical is reduced.
'Gives confidence and improves the quality and quantity of work'
Written work is quite often a difficult and disliked area and learning to touch type can significantly improve both quantity and quality of written work. Fingers become an extension of the mind - they can write as automatically as a child without difficulties.
'Helping children to be the best that they can'
To see how touch typing has helped children click below:
'Being able to touch type creates a more level playing field. Enabling children to reach their full potential'
- When spelling patterns are frequently worked on muscle memory retains the patterns by this repetition. This is particularly helpful for dyslexic children.
- Spellcheck helps students see the correction immediately.
- Thesaurus gives the confidence to take risks so expanding vocabulary.
- Students can plan and write in a sequence that works better for them. Breaking off from one idea and return or jump ahead to others, cluster details or leave a bare phrase and go back and embellish or prune later.
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.
- Much improved so more motivated.
- Children who struggle due to Spld's often have to put in twice as much effort as their peers to produce the same amount of work or often less.