Touch-type, Read and Spell with confidence

An award-winning, multi-sensory course that
teaches typing, reading and spelling

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Features


Optional Tutor Support

Supplement your learning with a TTRS trained tutor

Modular in design

Each module is designed to be short in length with regular, positive feedback

Highly structured

Course content is based on the word lists of ‘Alpha to Omega’ and takes an Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction

Multi-sensory

Uses visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic (touch) senses for a fully immersive learning experience


Research based

TTRS was developed in line with language and education research and is routinely supported by new studies

Multiple levels of difficulty

TTRS consists of 24 course levels, each of 31 modules - 4,000 words in all

Adaptive interface

Colours, fonts and designs can be customised for the learner to meet every individual's needs

Used worldwide

Used by dyslexia associations worldwide, including the British Dyslexia Association

How does TTRS work?

Modular design

TTRS is modular in design and contains 24 levels with 31 modules in each level. A module typically takes a few minutes to complete and we recommend taking 2-3 modules a session. Student success is encouraged by immediate feedback and positive reinforcement. This feedback includes a score that is based on completion rates and accuracy, not speed or time taken.

First score – first success

The course starts with learning to touch-type, read and spell the vowels – a , e , i , o , u. The audio track accompanies the letters as they appear on screen, reinforcing sound-letter correspondence, which is a crucial skill for sounding out words in reading. The user then receives their first score – and success!

Phonics and repetition

In the second level, the student is introduced to words grouped by onset, vowel-blend and final consonant. For example – fed, wed, led. This teaches phonics in context and at the same time the student learns the position of the keys using the on-screen hand guides.

With repetition, words move from short-term to long-term memory and the skill of typing begins to feel more comfortable.  Repetition is also a way of over-learning that can help users with dyslexia overcome working memory and processing difficulties.

Multi-sensory approach

TTRS takes a multi-sensory approach to repetition learning. Through the multi-sensory approach, a user hears the words spoken through headphones or speakers, sees the words printed on the screen, and is prompted as to which fingers to press via the on-screen keyboard.

Finally, through the sense of touch, they type out the words, harnessing muscle memory in the hands and fingers to learn spelling.

 

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How to help a child with dyslexia at home
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How to help a child with dyslexia at home

How to help a child with dyslexia at home

Parents want their children to do well at school and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Learning at home can play an important part in this when a child has dyslexia. Reading together and finding kids’ computer programs and apps that support literacy skills development are a good first step. Some parents may want to work directly with their children on phonics, spelling, and homework. Others may be a bit more reluctant to take on the role of teacher. It does take a special set of skills, and it’s not for everyone. Nevertheless, there is still plenty you can do to support learning at home, even if you don’t directly tutor your child.

Irlen Syndrome
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Irlen Syndrome

Irlen Syndrome

When reading the words on a page or a screen is difficult, it may not always be because of a learning difficulty. Some people have light sensitivity and visual processing problems, symptoms that affect their ability to read. Irlen Syndrome, also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and sometimes referred to simply as visual stress, describes a situation in which the difficulty is not with actually seeing the letters on a page, but interpreting the incoming visual information. Ease of visual processing can be affected by changing the color of the text background to a particular tint that best suits the reader. Irlen Syndrome can affect individuals of any age and can be both frustrating and demotivating, particularly when it interrupts reading comprehension for work or school.

What does dyslexia mean to me
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What does dyslexia mean to me?

What does dyslexia mean to me?

A guest post by journalist David Hayter.

My life and livelihood are entirely dependent on those skills most severely affected by dyslexia. I work as a journalist: reading, writing, editing and organising are my passion, and they are the very things that I was told, as a child, that I would forever struggle with.

Rather than holding me back, receiving a dyslexia diagnosis at a young age not only helped me come to terms with and develop strategies to cope with my dyslexia, but to master the very skills that were the source of so much frustration and anxiety in my school years.