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Meeting the Challenge of Teaching SPED Students to Type

by Jan Smith - Used with permission from

In the world today, typing is a necessary skill. Most jobs require some degree of computer work, and knowing how to type quickly and efficiently may be an advantage over someone who “finger pecks” at the keyboard. High school graduates need to know how to type, use email, use reference tools on the internet, and handle office programs. And that’s just in today’s market. In 10 years when my elementary students are beginning to enter the workforce, I believe typing will continue to be a preferred method of communication—I just can’t imagine what the device will look like!

As a tech integrator, I teach 320 students in grades K­­–5. In addition to pushing into each homeroom for Tech class, I see the special-ed population as a separate and supplemental class of nine. This class includes students with autism as well as those in Life Skills in grades 3–5.

Typing can be a challenge for these students. As a function of their disability, some of my special-ed kids have difficulty remembering where the letters are on the keyboard, even from moment to moment.

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Posted on June 22, 2018