About TTRS


Proven over 20 years, TTRS is a structured program of phonics and aims to develop literacy skills, confidence, self­-esteem and motivation.


How does Touch-type Read and Spell work?

TTRS is modular in design and contains twenty-four levels with thirty one modules in each level. Each module takes approximately five to ten minutes to complete. Continual success is encouraged, as immediate feedback is given at the end of each module with positive reinforcement.  
The course starts simply with the vowels -  learning to touch-type read and spell -  " a , e , i , o , u " . The student then receives their first score - and success! 
In the second module, the student is introduced to their first words through "onset and rime". For example - fed, wed, led. This teaches phonics in context and at the same time the student is learning how to     touch-type. With repetition, these words move from short-term to long-term memory. Repetition is a teaching aid used to learn facts, figures and in the case of TTRS - the spelling of words.

Some students with dyslexia have problems with their short-term memory. Repetition is a way of “over-learning” which can help with these problems. TTRS uses a multi-sensory approach to repetition learning.
Through the multi-sensory approach, students hear the words through earphones, see the words printed on the screen, and see what fingers to press via the on-screen keyboard.

Finally, through the sense of touch, they spell out the words with their fingers, and students learn to “spell with their fingers”.

Reading - Writing - Spelling - Computer Keyboard Skills - Self-esteem

  • Computer keyboard skills taught in a "dyslexia friendly" way
  • Multi-sensory learning
  • A highly structured course which facilities students feeling and being in control of their own learning
  • Wordlists based on the book 'Alpha to Omega' and the work of and the work of Orton and Gillingham
  • Small, incremental steps delivered at the pace of the learner
  • Designed to make students succeed and to feel successful
  • A significant boost to self-esteem for students with a history of educational failure
  • Capital letters, full stops, whole sentences introduced early in the course
  • Twenty-four course levels, each of thirty-one modules. Four thousand words in all.
  • Computer keyboard fingering completed in Level Three of Twenty-four levels.

TTRS is designed to benefit:

  • Students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties
  • Schools and Colleges as part of the National Curriculum
  • Adults requiring help with their literacy
  • Students learning English as a second language (ESL)


It's like talking with my fingers. When I want to spell a word, I just think where my fingers would go.

Licensing TTRS Options

TTRS Online is available under a range of licensing options, including variants for tutor and homeschoolers.


For schools, colleges, and organizations as part of the curriculum

Learn More

Start Now


The delivery of the TTRS Home course on any PC or Mac via an internet connection

Learn More

Start Now


After school and holiday courses delivered by tutors privately      

Find a Tutor

Become a Tutor



Touch-Type Read and Spell (TTRS) is based on exercises taken from the classic book 'Alpha to Omega' by Beve Hornsby, Frula Shear and Julie Pool, with acknowledgments to the pioneering work of Anne Gillingham, Bessie Stillman and Samuel Orton in the US, and its UK implementation by Sally Childs.
TTRS was established in 1992 with the kind help and assistance of: the Rev. Dr. Jessica Aidley; Jean Hutchins of the British Dyslexia Association Computer Committee; Marjorie Lishman of the London Borough of Bexley Advisory Service; Brother Matthew Sasse; Irene Heskett; Pam Morley and The North Kent Dyslexia Association; Dr. Beve Hornsby of the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre.
TTRS is established in thousands of primary and secondary schools worldwide in the State and Private Sector, Colleges, Homes, Prisons, Community and Literacy Programs.
McGuinness, C., McGuinness, D., & McGuinness, G.,(1996) Phono-Graphix: A new method for remediating reading difficulties. Annals of Dyslexia, 46, 73-96. 
International Dyslexia Association, (1999) Homepage of the International Dyslexia Association, http://www.interdys.org