The Yes Tuition and Training touch-typing course was established well over a decade ago, after observing a small group of children with dyslexia learning to touch-type. They seemed to be completely floundering as they tried to master a skill which would potentially be so valuable to them.
It became obvious that the main problem lay not with the young people, but with the app being used to teach them. Moving script, an array of colours, cartoon characters and distracting noises simply created confusion and frustration.
For these children to learn touch-typing successfully there was clearly a need for an app and teaching method with the emphasis on calmness and clarity: for an approach which, while multi-sensory, was not ‘an assault on the senses’.
In addition, there was a need to come up with a simple method of remembering the keying patterns. A series of clues, often with comical associations that made them memorable, proved the answer to this.
The combination of the newly built app and teaching method brought immediate results. Young people with dyslexia and dyspraxia particularly appreciated the clear and uncluttered way in which the course was presented. The reaction of parents was instant:
Mother of junior school pupil
Of course, having removed all the barriers that a dyslexic or dyspraxic young person might experience, the app proved incredibly effective in teaching all children and indeed, adults. After all, who doesn’t appreciate and benefit from an uncluttered working environment and clear instructions?
As the children began to use their new skill at school, teachers took notice. We were increasingly approached by local schools to run courses and after-school clubs. These courses still enjoy an unrivalled reputation in London.
Father of 10 year old