Dyslexia typing course

Especially for children with dyslexia, touch typing is an enormous advantage. They can then use a laptop at home or in the classroom. With the advantage:

  • The handwriting, often complicated and difficult to read, no longer appears to be an obstacle.
  • With typing, they are able to produce more text.
  • Fewer spelling errors due to the use of spelling checkers.
  • Higher self-confidence with text.

Dyslexia specialists have helped to adapt various forms of exercise from the regular course.

Scientifically researched

The positive effects of the TypeTopia dyslexia version have been scientifically researched. The research shows a significant improvement in at least four of the seven reading skills studied.

We regularly hear from parents that their dyslexic child has improved enormously after going through the TypeTopia dyslexia version. It is nice that the course has now also been scientifically proven to work.

Romer van Bavel, director TopiaTeam BV

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The research of the educationist Evelien Dam

Thesis research shows that the reading ability of dyslexic children demonstrably and significantly improves when they follow the dyslexia version of TypeTopia. “It is very difficult for dyslexic children to learn to read and write automatically and this typing course supports them in exactly the things they have trouble with," says researcher and educationist Evelien Dam." Reading and writing are becoming more and more important in our digital world, and children who have not learned it well will continue to experience a disadvantage."

Significant improvement in reading ability

For her study Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente, Evelien Dam thoroughly researched the dyslexia version of TypeTopia. She tested 58 diagnosed dyslexic children, between 8 and 12 years of age, from 11 different schools. Half of the children took 12 lessons of the typing course, the other half did not.

Before and after the course, the children underwent a number of tests:

  • the semantic function of reading: understanding what is written
  • the phonological functioning: being able to convert sound into text

Both functions showed a clear improvement: in more than half of the tests, the subjects score significantly better than before at the dyslexia version of TypeTopia and significantly better than the control group.

Design of the research

58 children took part in the scientific research and none of them had attended a typing course earlier. The test group followed 12 of the 20 lessons of the dyslexia version of TypeTopia, the control group did not follow a course. There were 7 tests, 4 of which were significantly better scored by the children of the test group than those of the control group. In the case of semantic tasks, these are colours and numbers, and in the case of the phonological part, long words and nonsense words. These results are comparable to TopiaTeam results: children who do the entire dyslexia course show the same improvements.

Reintroduction of the alphabet

Children with dyslexia learn more at TypeTopia than just typing. Because the alphabet is offered again, letter recognition and word recognition also improve. The letters and a large part of the words are repeated regularly and receive audio support through a natural voice.

The dyslexia version is also suitable for others

Besides dyslexia specialists, remedial teachers and speech therapists are also enthusiastic about the dyslexia version. Children with motor disabilities, PDD-nos or a form of autism and/or concentration problems also benefit from this modified version.

What's different about the dyslexia version?

The special font Dyslexia

TypeTopia is the only provider to include the font Dyslexia in its online training forms. The usefulness of this font has been scientifically demonstrated in studies by the University of Twente and the University of Amsterdam. This means that dyslexic readers make fewer reading errors than when they read a text in Arial. There are also other fonts for dyslexia, but their effect has not been scientifically researched.

The enlarged representation of the letters

The words are extra large in the picture and this improves readability. Many exercises are read out by a natural voice. This intensive audio training ensures that the sound-letter connection is better retained in children with dyslexia.

Adapted exercise mode

The skill training contains longer texts. In the regular version, these are only assessed after they have been completed. In the special/dyslexia version, the text is already evaluated at word level during the course. This gives the student immediate feedback and he can clearly see where in the text he left off and will less quickly skip parts of the text or repeat words.

Adjusted Speed

The Reflex trainer (the tempo-controlled exercises) can be adjusted at its own speed in the dyslexia version. For someone with dyslexia, the standard speed can be too difficult in the beginning. Even the "tricky letters" must eventually be able to be struck at the same pace to arrive at an automatism. "Tricky letters" can be letters that have not yet been trained that much or letters that are more difficult to reach with a motor coordination (z, x, c and also the y and the b). Only when all letters are controlled at the same basic speed, the speed can be trained.

Letter combinations

Children with dyslexia often have more problems with words that contain combinations of letters. In the course, we pay extra attention to this.

For free: the font Dyslexia in TypeTopia

When you purchase the dyslexia version of TypeTopia, you will receive the right to use this font for one year free of charge. Texts in Word, for example, can be read more easily.

Unique dyslexia font

How do I order TypeTopia Dyslexia?

In the standard course of TypeTopia the extra functionalities for dyslexics are built in. By activating the "Increased accessibility" setting, these functionalities become available. By logging in to TypeTopia you will get to the student's Menu. Within this, you can select "My data". Within this submenu, "Increased accessibility" can then be checked. From that moment on, the font Dyslexia Font is active, as well as the extra audio support and the adapted training forms.

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Examination Dyslexia version

The course ends with a Computer Typing exam. The examination requirements for the special/dyslexia version are the same as for the regular examination, but extra help is offered during the (trial) examination.

The development of the font

Graphic designer Christian Boer, himself a dyslexic, has designed the font as a graduation project for the art academy. In a study by the University of Twente, the effects of the font have now been scientifically proven. From all corners of the world, there is interest in his font and he receives invitations to international lectures. The news has received a great deal of attention in the media.

Close cooperation with Christian Boer

Christian himself also went through the dyslexia version of TypeTopia and gave valuable tips to further improve the readability of the exercises. And this makes TypeTopia even more accessible for children with dyslexia.

“When I used to go to RT, it always felt like I had to go to the dentist. Not quite nice, because you are confronted with your problem repeatedly. That's why I think that TypeTopia really does offer a brilliant solution for children with dyslexia. They learn this for their so important skill in a playful way. Finally, something nice with language for children with dyslexia. The integration of the font in the course of TypeTopia certainly helps the students with the readability.”

Christian Boer from dyslexia font.

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