Benefits of typing for dyslexics

The disturbances experienced by dyslexics makes writing and producing a piece of work extremely challenging. The level of concentration and effort involved can be exhausting and can affect the overall structure and quality of a piece of work.

The skill of typing can help eliminate many of these challenges and frustrations and early acquisition familiarises users with the keyboard, allowing them to fully appreciate the tools available to them through typing and using a computer.

Benefits:

The need for neat handwriting is no longer a priority.

Errors can be easily edited/corrected without messy crossings out, resulting in neat and presentable work.

Spell checkers highlight mistakes and offer alternatives.

Reassurance with the above automatically boosts confidence - promoting experimentation with vocabulary and spelling and allows concentration to be focused on content.

Quick and accurate typing can reduce the amount of time spent on a piece of work and often increases the amount of work produced.

Physical dexterity is enhanced, helping handwriting skills.

Reading, spelling and vocabulary are engrained to memory. With ‘muscle memory’, spellings become a series of finger movements and patterns on a keyboard, reducing the likelihood of transposing or misspelling words.

The working memory is not overloaded. Students can work at their own pace in a non-linear fashion, where they can process their thoughts first and structure them later.

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