KAZ’s Neurodiverse Typing Tutor
Suitable for individuals with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD,Tourette's, Visual Stress, amongst others.
There are numerous innovative assistive technologies available to help address disturbances experienced by neurodiverse students but many of them have their drawbacks and require a quiet environment, which is not always convenient.
KAZ’s Neurodiverse edition helps address the same disturbances but also equips students with an invaluable ‘life skill’, that subject to access arrangements can be used in exams, to gain employment and through life.
- Disturbances related to visual stress
- Problems with manipulating a pen/pencil due to weak muscles in hands, fingers and wrists
- Difficulties with verbal/written communication
- Difficulties with fine motor skills and co-ordination
- Difficulties with spelling
- Embarrassment with messy hand writing and erasure marks
- Anxiety and difficulty in processing and structuring thoughts simultaneously
- Frustration and anxiety due to a slow working memory
- Difficulties with writing skills due to visual impairment
- Anxiety, due to all of the above
….equip them with the correct tools, teach them to touch type .
Through trials and feedback from special needs teachers across the world, it has been proven that touch typing and using a computer are formidable and even life changing tools that opens doors for individuals with special educational needs, as it presents a new and powerful medium for learning and communicating.
Developed with Dr. Sue Fowler and her team at the Dyslexia Research Trust (Reading Clinic and Oxford University), KAZ’s new multi-sensory ‘Neurodiverse Typing Tutor’ teaches typing skills whilst minimising disturbances related to visual stress by means of a unique preference screen, tailor making the course to each individual for maximum visibility comfort.
Disturbances relating to Visual Stress can present themselves in many ways - that of white glare from background screens causing headaches, blurring, letters rotating, flipping, crowding and running into each other.
Over the last fifteen years the Trust have carried out extensive research, trials and visual assessments on over 10,000 individuals. Results found that the application of a specific shade of blue filter to help stabilize letter movement and of yellow, to minimize blurring, was extremely successful in the majority suffering with visual disturbances and had either improved or completely eliminated their problems – resulting in a rapid improvement in reading skills.
These findings, together with the fact that every individual is unique, in regards to the obstacles they encounter when reading and the help they require to alleviate these obstacles was the major points high-lighted.
With this in mind, KAZ incorporated the above mentioned filters into their course and further developed their programme to produce their New Neurodiverse edition, especially tailored for special needs individuals.