June 3, 2019 by Kim Wyrley-Birch
After school, our world relies on excellent IT skills, fast typing and clear, concise articulation of ideas. Why are we still expecting struggling school children to present their work in a 19th-century format????
Being able to write with a pen and paper is a skill that is often incredibly difficult for people with dyslexia. There are so many processes involved that sap energy and working memory, leaving very little ‘brain space’ for the content.
Being able to type rather than write is a transformational skill that all people with dyslexia need to master. In my opinion, people with dyslexia should move to a laptop as soon as they can – the earlier, the better. It needs to become their ‘normal way of working’ at school, particularly in the big writing subjects like English and history and especially in exams!
For those who are eligible for a reader and a scribe being on a laptop means independence. Voice-activated text can read everything to you and enables you to proofread your work. Dictation software allows you to get your ideas down and then edit them in your own time, or speak in a word impossible to spell!
…but practise is essential – the more your children use their laptop and typing skills, the faster and more natural it will become their usual way of working.