Sarah DeBellis’ of On Sarah’s iPad , provides a great review of Ghost Type app, a typing tutor app for the iPad. Sarah, in her “Points of interest”, provides thoughts on the apps use with special needs, customization and with an external keyboard that helps hone in application for special education or OT use.
If considering typing practice specifically on the iPad, consider keyboards such as the Touchfire Keyboard, specifically designed for use on the iPad (see Touchfire Keyboard review on OT’s with Apps). Touchfire keyboard was found to provide additional sensory feedback when compared to the iPad on-screen keyboard.
Will this be in your OT iTool Kit?
Traditional typing tutors might be a great thing for traditional keyboards, but for the iPad you need something completely different. iPad keyboards do not have physical “home keys,” the tactile and audible feedback of keys being pressed, and are smaller than most physical keyboards, making it awkward for large hands to do two-handed touch-typing. Ghost Type by Demografix is designed to help people of all ages to type on the iPad with two hands, and you’ll also find it might help single-handed typists also, such as those with a physical impairment. I often find myself typing with a single hand (either left or right) due to the other being occupied by small people, and I’ve found Ghost Type has helped me with speed and accuracy.
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