Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS)
Support During School Closures
We are pleased to share with you support being offered during the global pandemic by Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS), a BDA organisational member and provider of an assured product.
TTRS is an award-winning, multi-sensory course that teaches typing, reading and spelling. TTRS uses multisensory keyboarding to support language skills development and help individuals in mastering subject content. This makes it particularly suitable for students with dyslexia, and other specific learning difficulties.
Support for Families
The team at TTRS believes everyone deserves a chance to achieve their full potential so are offering up to 90% scholarship - please apply here if you require financial support.
They are also providing free subscriptions during school closures to families of NHS workers - there is a short form here to complete if this applies to you.
Free Training for Professionals
Would you like to use TTRS in your current tutoring or to start a new tutoring venture? The team at TTRS is keen to support everyone affected by the global pandemic so they are offering FREE online training to our members.
The online training will provide you with an understanding of how TTRS works; accessibility settings and how to use TTRS to tutor remotely during current social distancing. Everyone who completes the online training session will receive a certificate of training as evidence for your CPD records.
To express interest in free online tutor training please complete the form here and a member of the TTRS team will be in touch with you.
How do children with and without developmental conditions process sensory information? Help us find out!
Researchers at Oxford University are looking at how dyslexic children and autistic children process sensory information and how this compares to children without a developmental condition. We are looking for children aged 6-14 years to take part who have a dyslexia diagnosis. Children will play a fun computer game where they are asked to work out the direction of a set of moving fireflies. Optionally, while children play the game, they will wear a cap with sensors that listen to their brain waves. This method is called ‘EEG’, and is completely harmless. Nothing comes out of the sensors – we will just be eavesdropping on ongoing brain activity. If children do not want to take part in the EEG, they can still play the computer games without it. We will also do some language and reasoning activities and ask you to complete some brief questionnaires. We can see you and your child after school, at the weekend, or in the school holidays. Families will be given a voucher to thank them for taking part, and we will reimburse travel expenses to the University. If you are interested in your child participating, or would like to find out more, please contact Dr Cathy Manning: / 01865 271 442. By getting in touch you are not committing to participate in the study.
You can also go to the experimental psychology website for more information:
A research study at the University of Oxford called the BOLD (Brain Organisation in Language Development) aims to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the development of children and young people’s language abilities in the brain. Something we know remarkably little about despite its importance for learning and education. They hoping to shed further light on the biological basis of SLCN problems.
They are currently looking for families who might be interested in taking part, and they particularly want to include children with dyslexia who have language difficulties. If you are interested or would like to know more, then click on the links below.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PROJECT
Kelly Smith is a student currently completing a master’s degree course in publishing studies with Oxford Brookes University. She is looking to speak to adults with dyslexia for her master's dissertation. She is keen to learn more about the reading experiences of adults with dyslexia, their thoughts on current publishing activity and their suggestions for how things could be improved in the future through a short telephone Q&A. These responses will be communicated with publishing professionals in key decision-making roles in an attempt to bring the concerns of adult readers with dyslexia to the heart of the industry. No data will be shared beyond the bounds of the study and all responses can be fully anonymised. If this sounds like something you'd like to participate in, please contact Kelly Smith at with your telephone number and a convenient time to be contacted. She estimates the call will last no more than 20 minutes.