For stroke recovery

Individuals with aphasia, dysphasia and
dysarthria can use TTRS as part of a language
rehabilitation program

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With Touch-type Read and Spell …


Support diverse communication goals

Enhance memory and facilitate word retrieval

Strengthen language recognition and productive skills

Keep track of progress in easy-to-read charts

Study at home on your computer or iPad

An online program accessible by computer or tablet

Take an active role in your stroke recovery with multi-sensory typing!

  • Relearn the written and spoken form of words
  • Work through material in your own home, at your own pace
  • Get regular practice with short lessons
  • Study independently or with a speech and language therapist
 
 

The TTRS Course teaches typing and strengthens language processing skills at the same time

  • Practice typing, reading, and spelling 4,500+ English words
  • Review and repeat lessons to build skill and automaticity
  • Whole word approach from the start
  • Structured and supported learning

An online program for users of all ability levels- TTRS takes a multi-sensory Orton-Gilingham based approach to learning.

Getting started

  • Log-in from a laptop, iPad or desktop computer
  • Select a one or two-handed version of the course
  • Set the font and text size to make reading easier
  • See, hear and type English letters, words, phrases and sentences
  • Practice with the most common sound/letter patterns in English
  • Repeat a module until you are ready to move on

Advantages of typing for individuals who have had a stroke

  • Strengthen productive ability and improve language recognition skills
  • Enhance memory and facilitate retrieval of individual words and phrases
  • Feel more confident communicating with friends and loved ones
  • Lower anxiety and reduce frustration
  • Learn to type as an alternative to speaking or handwriting

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One stroke survivor’s story

 

In 2000 Bob suffered a stroke which left him with paralysis down his right side and no ability to speak. His mind was damaged by a blood clot that affected the parts of his brain responsible for communication. That means that while he was able to think and understand speech, he could not express himself.

Bob’s family caregivers started him in therapy which included practicing with Touch-type Read and Spell. The program provided a multi-sensory approach to typing with words being presented letter by letter on a screen, accompanied by typing instructions and audio.

Thanks to the help of a dedicated friend who visited every Wednesday, Bob practiced once a week. The combination of seeing letters and words, hearing and then copying them worked wonders for his recovery therapy. Repetition and the gradual introduction of new words meant that over the past few years Bob has mastered more and more new words and is now able to make himself understood through typing and speech.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take to see an improvement in my language ability? It all depends on the location and severity of your stroke. Some individuals make quick progress whereas others work through modules quite regularly over extended periods of time.

Speaking is challenging. Will typing be easier? It may be. Some individuals who are not able to produce intelligible speech after a stroke have found great success with typing on a tablet or computer. If you say the words along with your typing then you may also see some improvements in your dysarthria.

What makes TTRS so effective? Multi-sensory learning combines diverse sensory input to create a more stimulating learning experience. TTRS presents a word on screen, plays an audio recording and visually signals the keys a user should press. The kinesthetic element involves muscle memory to reinforce language in memory.

Why touch-typing? Touch-typing automatizes language production. It makes it faster to find the right words and to spell and vocalize them correctly.

I struggle with physical paralysis, can TTRS still help? Yes! There is a one-handed version of the course so individuals with hemoemiplegia can benefit from the kinesthetic element. Even if you are unable to complete the touch-typing aspect, TTRS may still be an effective program for you. That’s because hearing and seeing words on a screen in repetitive modules retraces the sound-letter correspondences needed for the brain to process spoken and written language.

I would prefer to work through the course with a therapist, is this possible? TTRS can be used individually, in a class/group setting or under the guidance of a speech and language therapist.

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My dyslexic son, aged 8, has made huge improvements in his written work since starting this course! He also enjoyed TTRS very much and it engaged his interest like no other touch-typing program really had.

Mitch Pinkney, UK , Parent