Index finger on a Bluetooth keyboard with iPad open to keyboarding app. Text:
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Introducing the Keyboard – CVI Lesson and Tips

Follow Sadie, a beginner reader with CVI, through a series of lessons!

This lesson can be adapted to any age group from about five years and above. You will see this in many of my lessons, why, because this is a tool, use it to fit your needs. It is a jumping off point to develop many lessons/units as needed. 

Note: This lesson introduces the keyboard using the free typing club kids on-line called Jungle Junior Typing Club with a Bluetooth keyboard.

I have researched many keyboarding programs and found these to be the best for us: 

Why I picked this…it seemed CVI friendly, easy for Sadie to see and it kept her interest without overwhelming her. It gave breaks too that were great fine motor skills that her OT also liked. Sadie needed lots of help isolating fingers and this had finger exercises that incorporate this.

Index finger pointing to a key on a Bluetooth keyboard with the Jungle Junior app open.Bluetooth keyboard with letters A, E, B and L colored with a pink marker, letters H and I in orange and C in yellow.

Many TVIs (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) recommend this and I suspect we will be using this as we progress. 

Great way for kids and teachers to quickly and effectively adapt pages 
OT website that talks about the snap type app 

Lesson 

Objective

The student will identify the letters: “f” and ‘j” on the home keys along with the space bar and press them correctly with 80% accuracy. 

Pre-assessment

The student should have a basic understanding of the keyboard and that pressing the keys on it puts the intended key letters/numbers onto the screen. 

Note: With Sadie, she had good skills with the Ipad, enlarged icon mouse, and exposure to “just for fun” typing that I let her explore before we started formal keyboarding lessons. 

Materials

Procedure

Tips and Ideas

Quick fix to a keyboard: Keyboard stickers from MaxiAids $15
It’s ok to only highlight a few as you go so it focuses in on the important letters to start! 

Bluetooth keyboard with large print black letters on yellow background stickers on the keys.

Bump Dots 

Best $3.00 find for a clear bumpy sticker to put on the “home key” “f” and “j” and anywhere else that helps. MANY uses for this to use as a tactual identifier instead of a visual scan. 

Assessment 

The student has mastered the lesson when they complete 80% on the app. They are then ready to move to more letters on the keyboard. I like to stay with the home keys to begin. 

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