Occupational Therapists in general look at keyboarding because this skill can help children that are having difficulties with their printing/writing skills.
When I first started working in the school, I would recommend developing keyboarding skills -- as it seemed to make sense. But as time progressed, I began to consider what was needed to allow a child to make progress with their school work and that's when I started to see that keyboarding wasn't the first skill to develop and that they were many other skills to consider.
I decided to write out the different levels and skills of keyboarding and what OTs and parents could focus on at each level.
The levels start with pre-keyboarding skills and end with 10 finger typing but how long a child focuses on each level depends on the skills they are developing -- makes sense, right!
We want children to concentrate on being successful at school and not bogged down with drills that may or may not support them with their writing and school progress.
To find out if the keyboarding camps or workshops are a good fit for your child or client (as they seem to be available during the summer months) look at my Keyboarding Skills Made Easy mini course. I want OTs and parents to know what skills to develop first and why.
Keyboarding skills alone may not give a child any advantage when it comes to their ability to express themselves. With my Keyboarding Skills Made Easy - you will get a checklist to review each level and videos from me to consider what you are looking for at each level. From there you will see a few fun apps to work on the skills at the right time.
It's "crazy priced" for the summer - so find out what your child or client needs BEFORE you focus on those keyboarding camps.
You got this!