Touch-Type Read and Spell 1-yr Access
(Touch-Type Read and Spell 1-yr Access is a digital product and will be delivered to you via email.)
What is TTRS?
TTRS stands for Touch-type Read and Spell. We know of no other program like TTRS that teaches typing skills while so thoroughly reinforcing phonics. Research confirms that TTRS is beneficial for typing students, beginning or struggling readers and spellers, and students with dyslexia or visual impairment.
TTRS for Touch-Typing
TTRS is a straightforward, step-by-step course for learning touch-typing. No frills, no distracting peripheral graphics, just simple typing instruction. The lessons are understandable and incremental, designed so your child can experience rapid, continuing success.
TTRS for Phonics
While TTRS does not explicitly teach phonics, it reinforces and practices phonics comprehensively and methodically. TTRS begins by teaching the student how to touch-type and read “a, e, i, o, u.” Next, it begins teaching simple words through what is called “onset and rime” – in other words, through word families; for example, fed, wed, led. Throughout the course, the words slowly and systematically increase in complexity, just as they do in phonics-based reading and spelling programs.
TTRS for Dyslexia
TTRS is used by dyslexia associations worldwide, including the British Dyslexia Association, and it is beneficial for students with dyslexia in a variety of ways.
First, many students with dyslexia or visual impairment find it easier to type than to handwrite. Thus, learning touch-typing will allow students to express their thoughts, stories, or assigned schoolwork without becoming bogged down and distracted by handwriting and letter formation.
Second, some students with dyslexia struggle with their short-term memory. Since TTRS teaches through extensive repetition, it is ideal for helping students retain more phonics and typing skills long term.
Third, because touch-typing is by nature hands-on, it is effective for students who are kinesthetic learners and those who benefit from a multi-sensory approach. As they hear the letters and words spoken through the headphones or speakers, see the letters and words printed on the screen and the on-screen keyboard that demonstrates which fingers to use for each key, and touch the keys with their fingers, students will get a well-rounded multi-sensory approach to reading and spelling. Or, as TTRS puts it, they will learn to “spell with their fingers.”
How Do I Know if I Should Buy TTRS?
TTRS may be a great solution for your family if any of the below statements are true about your family:
“I want my child to learn typing, and he needs something straightforward and non-distracting.”
“My child is learning to read or spell, and could really use a reinforcing computer program.” “My child struggles with reading or spelling, and needs something that will take him back to the basics and beyond, without seeming childish.”
“My child has dyslexia, and would benefit from enjoyable reading and spelling practice that will offer quick success and positive feedback.”
How TTRS Is Delivered?
"Individual" includes one year’s subscription to TTRS for one student, plus teacher access. "Family" includes one year's subscription to TTRS for up to four students, plus teacher access.
Within one business day of when you place your order, you will receive a code from us with details and instructions to activate your subscription. From then on, you can access it as often as you like throughout the year, though you will need internet to use it (it’s not a download).
How Much Time Is Needed To Teach TTRS?
The average time to complete the whole course, one hour per week, is around 12 - 18 months depending on the speed of the student. However, an hour each day will allow much faster progress.
"Individual" includes one year’s subscription to TTRS for one student, plus teacher access.
"Family" includes one year's subscription to TTRS for up to four students, plus teacher access.
Because Touch-Type Read and Spell is entirely browser based, you only need speakers, a keyboard, and an internet connection. This means that it's compatible with both Windows and Mac. You can even use your iPad with bluetooth keyboard.
Touch-Type Read and Spell offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and they have graciously allowed us to offer the same. If the product does not work out for you, you may reach out to us to cancel within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.
Our son has numerous learning struggles including dyslexic tendencies, visual processing troubles and difficulties with fine motor skills. We were thrilled to discover TTRS! There have been so many pros for us. The lessons are divided into several tiny units, each taking only a few minutes. This is a plus, especially if your child has a short attention span or if this skill requires a lot of brain power. Also, speed is not stressed, although it is naturally gained as your child progresses. Had it been pushed, our son would have become overwhelmed. You do have the option of having the computer "clap" to praise your child, if he receives over 90% on his unit, which is wonderful for children needing that positive reinforcement. The lessons are full of repetition, both with words and word families. Although this could possibly make it boring for a quick learner, it is a definite plus for a struggling learner. The program also keeps a running tally of the time spent, as well as a graph of the scores earned. I have also been impressed with the customer service at TTRS. If you have any questions, they are quick to respond and offer help and advice.
Most children should be able to complete the course in a year. It will take us longer, due to our challenges; but it is worth it!
This program does seem geared to children with special needs. However, I wouldn't hesitate to use it with any young child or even an older child who wanted to learn the skill quickly and easily. Without hesitation, TTRS receives my highest recommendation!
Typing program, reading, and spelling all in one. It's an online program that your kids can do independently. My kids really enjoy it. It's helping them in many ways.