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Posted Feb 18, 2002 at 1:05:21 PM
Subject: ?typing?

Just wanted to ask if any one has haad a good experience teaching the dysgraphic typing or word processing with any of the commercial products ( ie. mavis beacon or the disney products) ...my daughter age 8 has made some improvement printing but doesn't want to hand in her " reports " that others will see with her handwriting , I usually end up typing them for her but she now wants to do it herself since its supposed to be her own work . Any suggestions ??
thanks cathy

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Posted:Feb 18, 2002 2:29:40 PM

Most of those programs were not around when we were dealing with the same issue. Our son used to fight about not wanting his to look different than the way others turned in theirs. Seems to me that we used a typing game that worked like shooting at space ships, but with letters being the missiles. Had from very beginner to more advanced as one mastered the key board. Also, believe it or not, the instant messaging with friends has really sped up his ability to type. Had to nag a bit about not getting lazy with the shortened words and mis-spellings, but the form of communication certainly encourages typing skills.

Andy

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Posted:Feb 18, 2002 6:57:01 PM

I just read an article on the ldonline bulletin board that said that "Type to Learn" (sunburst.com) and Ultrakey are better for learning disabled than the Mavis typing software. I haven't actually tried it yet though.

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Posted:Feb 18, 2002 11:21:38 PM

I know that Type-to-learn is what they are using with my son. Can't say that he can type anything yet though, and he's been getting keyboarding 30x3 since Sept. :-/

We have an assistive tech assessment coming up at the end of March. I hope that will give us some better options.

Karen

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Posted:Feb 19, 2002 12:31:59 AM

Type to LEarn is good for kids; Diana Hanbury King has a very good typing *book* especially designed for kids with language issues.

(You can also tell her that just because somebody gets their secretary to type their work doesn't mean it isn't theirs. But it's great that she wants independence!)

If there are significant motor issues, then head over to http://www.thelearningstudio.com = I think that those materials are stil available even though their designer has passed away recent;ly.

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Posted:Feb 19, 2002 1:04:36 AM

I am using Mavis Beacon with my 10 year old. He has improved greatly using this program. At first he didn't use the correct fingering when typing, but after several months of using it, he is starting to get with the program. (He is typing 15 WPM solo)

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