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Special Needs

Englishtype was designed originally with the special needs of Dyslexic individuals in mind. The careful design and structure of the program have also made it popular with teachers working with other types of Special Needs, including Dyspraxia / Development Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Austistic Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers, Semantic Pragmatic & other language disorders and Visual Impairment.

Why is typing helpful for Special Needs?

Learning to touch type brings many additional benefits to Special Needs individuals, and is often an invaluable, or even life changing, skill. Learning early benefits reading, spelling comprehension & vocabulary. It greatly reduces the need for handwriting, which is commonly a disliked or a challenging area, and errors can be corrected easily without original mistakes being apparent (producing neat written work).

What are Englishtype's Special Needs friendly features?

Englishtype is carefully designed to add educational value at the same time as teaching typing, as well as providing a learning environment that is supportive for Special Needs.

  • Focuses on additional literacy benefits whilst teaching typing

    • Improves reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation

    • Uses only age relevant & useful vocabulary

    • Letter patterns & real words are always kept separate, and there are no random letter patterns that resemble 'real' words, so there is no confusion in spelling

    • Junior uses all the words in the National Literacy Strategy for Key Stages 1-3
      ......set vocabulary appropriate for each child

    • Junior also has new extra Spelling lessons

    • Senior uses the 300 most common words in adult vocabulary, and quotations and proverbs

  • Uses a strong multi-sensory approach

  • Unique key / finger colour coding system

    Englishtype Junior Spelling Lesson Screenshot
  • Both spoken & written instructions

  • Visually simple & uncluttered presentation style

  • Choice of background screen colours

  • Highly structured content ensures thorough and easy skill acquisition

  • Short lessons aid concentration and focus

  • Fun arcade-style games keep motivation high

  • Clear consistent design, with immediate reward of the games

  • Special exercises and games to increase speed

Some children may benefit from using a customised keyboard, particularly Special Needs children. This is often helpful for children who may get confused about which finger they are moving. Please see our Learning to Type section for further information.


Interested in a specific Special Needs category?

Dyslexia  Autistic Spectrum Disorder Visual Impairment Semantic Pragmatic

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