Category Archives: Dyslexia
Dear Parents, Do the following statements sound familiar to you? “My kid takes forever to do his homework. It is causing so much tension!” “He gets so frustrated when he has to write an essay or do anything on the computer.” “I am so tired staying up until 1:00am typing her homework!” “When I look over their notes, I see half sentences, unfinished thoughts and no clear understanding of what they are learning.” Well, you are not alone. As parents, we go into overdrive to solve these problems. We don’t like to see our kids struggling. We see that look of defeat on their faces and it drains us – we hate to hear them say, “I’m just not smart”! Personally, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me when I was dealing with my struggling child. … Read More
There are a number of research documents written regarding the power of keyboarding as a literacy skill. This sums up what nearly all researchers agree on. Traditionally, keyboarding was taught at the high school level to students who had never before used a keyboard. Now, with computers both at home and in our elementary schools, we find that very young students are being exposed to the computer keyboard. One study focusing on computer use in the school system estimated that students would spend more than 400 hours on computers before they reached the ninth grade (Kidney, 1985). As the keyboard continues to be the primary device for inputting data into computers, the purpose in presenting these guidelines are three-fold: • to familiarize young students with keyboarding skills. • to give elementary students the opportunity to learn and develop keyboarding skills … Read More
Recently, while perusing the internet, I found this interesting article about how computers changed the writing process for people with learning disabilities. It was written by Richard Wanderman. I was taken back by how much Richard and I agreed with this concept. As an educator who has taught students how to type for the past 16 years, it was refreshing to see this concept finally taking center stage! Richard was an adult with learning disabilities when he discovered how important it was to work on a computer to write instead of using the pencil and paper mode. As he says, “In fact, if I didn’t write with a computer I wouldn’t be able to share this article with you because I wouldn’t be able to record, work with, and share my ideas and I wouldn’t know from personal experience how … Read More
I always find it so interesting when a student describes an educational break through to me. Once they describe their solution to their struggle I wonder why an educator or parent didn’t think of it first! Read how Yishay Garbasz went from “Handwriting” to “Fingertyping” and how it helped him facilitate his dyslexic writing process. “A few years ago, when I exchanged pen and paper with a monitor and a keyboard I went through a change that was more than the significant but obvious advance in technology. I changed something very basic in my dyslexia, or rather in my dyslexic existence. Of course the first noticeable difference was my handwriting. It was clear and easy to read. I now call this my “fingertyping”. For the first time in my life others, as well as me, could actually read what I … Read More
Stefan is an incredible 12 year old who’s intellect far surpasses his age. He has dyslexia BUT when he learned to type at a computer keyboard using Keyboard Classroom, he found his learning disorder went away. He no longer mixed up his B’s and D’s and P’s and Q’s. The keyboard wouldn’t let him. His Mom says it has opened up a whole new world of opportunities and that once he received a Laptop for note taking in school, he has had NO problems keeping up with his classmates! See his story at: Stefan’s Story Keyboard Classroom is a unique typing program designed by educators at a school for learning disabled students. Go to Keyboard Classroom to learn more about this simple solution!
As parents it’s so hard to peek into a room and see your child struggling with their homework! We know something has to be done to relieve some of this pressure on our child but where do we turn? My first suggestion would be to look for an ‘intervention’ as soon as possible! To be clear, an Intervention is a planned set of procedures that are aimed at teaching a specific skill to a student. It’s more than a single lesson and less than an entire curriculum. Deciding what intervention option to use should not be made lightly. It will take much contemplation on what is the best for your child, what your finances will allow, and if you are willing to carry through with any of these choices. As a parent I did two things that made a big … Read More
A-ha Moments…that’s what a teacher lives for. That moment of sudden realization in a student who has finally ‘gotten it’. When the recognition of a student’s success causes their face to light up and a smile to form across their face. Recently, I heard from a father who said, “you don’t know me, but I have to say how impressive your method is! My late Asperger’s son was also so frustrated with the pen/pencil, but flourished on a keyboard. Keep up the good work”. I wanted to know more about his son and asked for a bit more information on his success story. These are some of the comments: “My son Ryan, who with Asperger’s Syndrome and legally blind, had some real challenges in being able to keep up with mainstream class work, especially in regards to getting his … Read More
Keyboard Classrom is a unique typing program designed by educators who studied the way children learn. Keyboard Classroom is systematically designed so a child must truly master a skill before advancing to a more challenging one. This typing program uses exclusive Keyboard Classroom Finger Guides. These attach to the keyboard to keep the student’s hands on the home row which keeps the child focused and less frustrated. Keyboard Classroom uses incentives and ranks to applaud the child for his progress. This combination works for all children, even those having trouble in school, or students with special education needs or learning disabilities. WATCH this video for a demonstration and testimonial of this typing program.
Stefan is an incredible 12 year old who’s intellect far surpasses his age. He has dyslexia BUT when he learned to type at a computer keyboard using Keyboard Classroom, he found his learning disorder went away. He no longer mixed up his B’s and D’s and P’s and Q’s. The keyboard wouldn’t let him. His Mom says it has opened up a whole new world of opportunities and that once he receives an AlphaSmart for note taking in school, he’ll have no problems keeping up with his classmates. Richard Wanderman is an adult with Dyslexia who has helped himself and others by using the computer instead of a pen or pencil. He tours the country explaining why it works. “Writing with pen and ink is like sculpting stone: mistakes are costly, and that knowledge feeds back into the composition process. … Read More