KAZ Typing Tutor - SEN/Dyslexia

Developed with advice and guidance from The Dyslexia Research Trust
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If individuals with special educational needs are equipped with the correct tools, they stand a greater chance of reaching their full potential.

Through trials and feedback from special needs teachers across the world, it has been proven that touch typing and using a computer are formidable and even life changing tools that opens doors for individuals with special educational needs, as it presents a new and powerful medium for learning and communicating.

However, although the KAZ touch typing program proved extremely effective, continued feedback from SEN teachers confirmed that approximately 10% of their students, the majority dyslexics, still suffered with problems relating to Visual Stress - that of white glare from background screens causing headaches, blurring, letters rotating, flipping, crowding and running into each other. So in order to address and help alleviate some of these issues, we took advice from several dyslexia experts – most notably, Dr. Sue Fowler and her team at the Dyslexia Research Trust, Reading Clinic and Oxford University.

Over the last fifteen years the Trust have carried out extensive research, trials and visual assessments on over 10,000 children. Results found that the application of a specific shade of blue filter to help stabilize letter movement and of yellow, to minimize blurring, were extremely successful in the majority of children suffering with visual disturbances and had either improved or completely eliminated their problems – resulting in a rapid improvement in reading skills.

These findings, together with the fact that every individual suffering from dyslexia is unique in regards to the obstacles they encounter when reading and the help they require to alleviate these obstacles were the major points high-lighted.

With this in mind, KAZ Typing Tutor was further developed to produce a New SEN/Dyslexia Edition, especially tailored for individual dyslexic users.

Benefits of typing for dyslexics

The disturbances experienced by dyslexics makes writing and producing a piece of work extremely challenging. The level of concentration and effort involved can be exhausting and can affect the overall structure and quality of a piece of work.

The skill of typing can help eliminate many of these challenges and frustrations and early acquisition familiarises users with the keyboard, allowing them to fully appreciate the tools available to them through typing and using a computer.

  • The need for neat handwriting is no longer a priority.
  • Errors can be easily edited/corrected without messy crossings out, resulting in neat and presentable work.
  • Spell checkers highlight mistakes and offer alternatives.
  • Reassurance with the above automatically boosts confidence - promoting experimentation with vocabulary and spelling and allows concentration to be focused on content.
  • Quick and accurate typing can reduce the amount of time spent on a piece of work and often increases the amount of work produced.
  • Physical dexterity is enhanced, helping handwriting skills.
  • Reading, spelling and vocabulary are ingrained to memory. With ‘muscle memory’, spellings become a series of finger movements and patterns on a keyboard, reducing the likelihood of transposing or misspelling words.
  • The working memory is not overloaded. Students can work at their own pace in a non-linear fashion, where they can process their thoughts first and structure them later.
Unique ‘Preference Screen’ - especially effective with SEN/Dyslexic users.

Incorporating a multi-sensory approach throughout, KAZ’s new SEN/Dyslexia Edition teaches typing skills whilst minimizing disturbances related to visual stress. The program’s opening ‘Preference Screen’ offers the user a choice of preferences.

Preferences include:
  •  Choice of coloured background/filter screens – for reducing white screen glare
  •  Choice of 2 specific research based background/filter colours
  •  Choice of dyslexic friendly typefaces – for ease of reading
  •  Choice of font colour – for contrast from background screen colour
  •  Choice of font size – for optimum visibility comfort and to minimize fusing and crowding of letters
  •  Choice of Keyboard – for optimum visibility comfort
Once the user has selected their preferences and can read the sample text comfortably, these options are then applied throughout the course, tailor making it to suit their eyes and ensuring the learning experience is a comfortable and enjoyable one.

KAZ’s Unique Teaching Method

KAZ’s unique accelerated learning teaching method uses ‘brain balance’, i.e. it engages the major senses of sight, sound and touch simultaneously, radically enhancing memory retention and recall, which is why it is so effective. Using specific combinations and progressions of just 11 words in 5 easily memorised, scientifically structured and trademarked phrases, the revolutionary method trains the fingers on both hands to work symmetrically and simultaneously – no other typing tutor works in this way.

The course is divided into 5 modules:

 1. Flying Start - (An introduction to the course – simple and consistent site navigation)
 2. The Basics - (5 scientifically structured and trademarked phrases teaching the A-Z keys)
 3. Just Do It - (A-Z keys reinforced)
 4. And The Rest (Punctuation Keys)
 5. Speedbuilder - (Simple, yet discretely challenging module, increasing speed and accuracy)

Once the first phrase is completed, a real sense of achievement is gained, motivating the student to continue onto the next phrase and so on. Each section offers instruction and encouragement in short modules to avoid over loading the working memory and to hold interest and concentration.

The student is allowed to progress at their own pace, acquiring the skill and gaining speed and accuracy without even realising it. The program solely focuses on teaching typing. It does not try to teach typing with other subjects such as English, as this just splits concentration and once again over loads the working memory.

KAZ’s multi-sensory unique teaching method, combined with its new ‘Preference Screen’, delivers a student tailored, simple yet dynamic course.

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