Are you searching for a fun and stimulating way to help your young student with dyslexia improve his reading, writing, and typing skills? If so, look no further than Talking Fingers, an approach to reading and writing developed by neuropsychologist Jeannine Herron in collaboration with the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. The premise behind the approach is simple: that the typed or written text children create with their fingers is speech made visible. The Talking Fingers method teaches children to link the sounds in words to the appropriate letters and their corresponding keystrokes. This method of segmenting sounds in words and using the alphabet code to let fingers “talk” is especially successful for children with dyslexia, who showed increased neural activation in the language centers of the brain’s left hemisphere and demonstrated marked gains in reading in two separate studies. Moreover, the children’s ability to put words on paper themselves was positively correlated with their decoding and reading comprehension skills.
The software program comes in two packages: The Read, Write & Type Learning System, which is aimed at helping early readers ages 5-8 improve their phonemic awareness and knowledge of phonics, and Wordy Qwerty: Foundations for Reading and Writing Fluency, which is designed to increase phonological and morphological sensitivity in slightly older readers.