Case studies: Schools

Sally is a teacher in an after school special needs program where students use TTRS

Sally, Teacher in a special needs program

I run a special group on Wednesdays for children from local schools. While most of the students have learning differences, we have English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners and children with motor-skills difficulties too. Those who struggle with literacy skills benefit the most from TTRS. It gives them confidence and is a learning activity they look forward to. The children are always saying ‘When are we going to do our touch-typing?’

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Lisa, Teacher in a rural school that uses TTRS

Lisa, Teacher in a small rural school

I was excited when we discovered Touch-type Read and Spell. We are a small, rural pre-K through 12th-grade school located on an island in Alaska. Many of our lessons have to be flexible for multi-age classes that can include first through high school age students. We do not have a tech lab specialist so it's great that TTRS is easy to deliver. I've tried the program myself, as I have never had any typing instruction, and found I even benefitted from the technique!

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Typing course for 15-16 year-olds

Roisin, Secondary School Teacher

We have been using Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) for nearly three years with all of our transition year students who are 15-16 years old. It has been wonderful to see the improvement in reading and spelling, typing skills, confidence, and motivation in students who are using TTRS. It is also great preparation for those who will complete their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations through special centres using technology.

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My daughter is a perfectionist who wants to be the fastest typist in the household. My son is a different learner and is not concerned with typing speed. Both of them have started taking science subjects on TTRS and really like them. I also like that their typing lessons are reinforcing the vocabulary and concepts we're learning in other areas of our school day!

Maureen, Parent and homeschooler of 3 children

One of the things I like most about the Touch-type Read and Spell Course are the subjects. They have technical terms and definitions from science and math that you can practise typing. The vocabulary is something I can really benefit from.

Jen, Adult learner and homeschooling mom

My son will do five small modules a day. I ask him to complete three from the main course and then choose two from the subject-specific lessons in grammar, phonics, science, or maths. Having this kind of independent task to work on and being able to check off his progress gives him a real sense of completion.

Sheryl, Parent of an 11-year-old with dyslexia

My grandson was 14 when we started using TTRS and he has Down syndrome. He has a difficult time with small motor skills such as using a pencil. Over the two years that he used TTRS, he became quite competent at keyboarding, which helped him tremendously with his spelling.

S. Jordan , Grandparent of a learner with Down syndrome

I am a single parent of an adult child with Down syndrome who loves to type and copy words. She says it helps her. She is a visual learner and phonics is not working. We're excited to try typing.

TTRS user , Parent of an adult learner with Down syndrome

My adult child with Down syndrome can’t spell so we are trying TTRS for muscle memory and to build skills with computers. On her first try she completed a module and didn’t want to stop. Thanks for helping her as she is learning to type, spell, and do computer work all at once.

C. Larue , Parent of an adult learner with Down syndrome

My student with Down syndrome likes that he is able to teach himself typing and spelling. He considers it a sort of game and his dad is very pleased with the program. As a tutor, I'm most impressed because I was unable to break through the concept of phonics and reading with him. Yet several months into the TTRS program, he is reading words consistently in other books and "imagines" how the word might be typed when learning new words.

D. Dionne , Tutor of a learner with Down syndrome

All three of my kids 14, 9, and 5, love this program. They love to do it and have all gained a lot of typing skill. My son (14) has a lot of reading and spelling problems and this also really helps with his spelling as a hands-on way to practice, plus doing the same for my younger girls who are learning spelling.

Britt T., US , Parent

My seven-year-old daughter loves Touch Type Read and Spell. The student learns to type the individual letters in a word and then brings it all together by typing the word. This method works amazingly well for my mildly dyslexic daughter. Her spelling and reading confidence have improved using this program.

Valerie C., US , Parent

The subject areas offered are really awesome. We did the TTRS maths subjects for a while and now we're in science. Words are used in a sentence, you can preview them or not, you can have the word displayed or dictated. TTRS is so customizable. I love the whole package that you get with this program.

Lisa, Parent of a 7th grader with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and apraxia