At Emerson House, children are helped to achieve joined-up writing whenever possible. Whilst encouraging production of an appropriate amount of written paperwork for their capacity, writing stamina and written skills are built up gradually. We have a specialist handwriting teacher for those children for whom this is a particular focus.

As dyspraxic children find handwriting difficult, most children also follow a special touch-typing programme, learning with a full multi-sensory approach. This removes some of the emphasis on written work with the longer-term aim of working towards using a laptop to produce written work. The ability to touch-type well and accurately is particularly useful throughout secondary school and is a vital skill for dyspraxic (and dyslexic) children to acquire.

As well as leading to competent typing levels, the touch-typing programmes used at Emerson House are also specially designed to reinforce reading and spelling skills.

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Emerson House


Specialist Centre for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia

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