Keyboarding Versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities

Keyboarding versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities

Keyboarding Versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities Computers & Education published research investigating keyboarding versus handwriting speed and learning disabilities.  Many individuals handwrite faster than they can keyboard.  In order to close this gap, the researchers offered a touch-typing program which was completed by 17 neurotypical higher education students and 25 students with specific learning disabilities (i.e […]


Keyboarding Words Per Minute Goal Tracker

Keyboarding Words Per Minute Goal Tracker Most students in grades 3 and up are working on keyboarding with a focus on words per minute.  This keyboarding words per minute goal tracker is super easy to collect data on how a student is progressing.  Even better, have the students monitor their own progress recording how they […]

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Results from Handwriting and Keyboarding Survey

The Handwriting and Keyboarding survey has ended with over 200 responses.  The purpose of this survey was to get the opinions of pediatric therapists, parents and teachers on handwriting versus keyboarding. Here are the overall responses with comments at the bottom. Please don’t forget to answer the current survey when you are done reading this […]

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Work Station, Positioning and Keyboarding Skills

Young children and students continue to spend more and more time keyboarding for written expression.  Whether it be at home before children are school aged or sitting long hours typing away throughout a child’s educational career or even as adults, the work station must be set up efficiently to allow for proper positioning while keyboarding. […]

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Proper Positioning for Keyboarding Rubric

Here is a free rubric on the proper positioning for keyboarding from the Keyboard Rubrics digital download.  School based occupational and physical therapists are frequently involved in evaluating positioning needs in the schools including computer stations.  With more and more children spending countless hours in front of a computer screen, proper positioning is essential to […]

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Is Typing Like Riding a Bicycle?

Attention, Perception & Psychophysics has published research on skilled typists and the QWERTY keyboard.  The 100 participants (young adults and adults) in the study were asked to complete a short typing test.  Following the typing test, the participants were given a blank QWERTY keyboard on a piece of paper where they had 80 seconds to […]


Handwriting and Keyboarding Standards

Zaner-Bloser has proposed Written Language Production Standards for Handwriting and Keyboarding.   These standards offer developmentally appropriate, research–based indicators to integrate handwriting and keyboarding into the curriculum.  From the Zaner-Bloser website it states that the standards are: “research-based and includes basic letter formation and keyboarding indicators included in the Common Core State Standards for English […]


Handwriting versus Keyboarding

When assessing students for written productivity, handwriting speeds are frequently compared to keyboarding speeds. There are several helpful documents on the internet to help evaluate students: 1. Developing a Written Productivity Profile: Comparing handwriting to keyboarding 2. Handwriting Speeds – from Montgomery Schools Maryland 3. Handwriting / Keyboarding Rates – from the National Assistive Technology […]

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Typing or Writing?

CanChild has a research based, informative hand out for school staff and parents on whether children with coordination problems should learn how to use a word processor or continue to focus on handwriting. It answers questions such as: Why should children with DCD use a computer or word processor? Does keyboarding mean we are giving […]