I have been working on spelling with my board and iPad on my lap and on a stand. It has been reassuring. I have always had my board held upright for me. I was really intimidated by independent typing because I was afraid to fail at it. After a lot of practice and success, I realized this is definitely an achievable goal.
Spelling is my greatest strength and when I first tried a stand, it started feeling like a weakness because I wasn’t fluent on it right away like I am with my board or iPad held for me. I have been trying to remember that it took a long time learning to spell on a board and its okay to not be perfect. I can only try my best. I put a lot of pressure on myself, which isn’t constructive. I am learning that the more calm I am, the better my spelling is. I am very successful with independent typing if I manage my expectations of myself.
Many people wonder what the difference is between a held device and one on a stand. At first, I was unsure too. After practicing more, I realized some minor differences that change the motor plan entirely. One big difference is the placement of the stand. It is similar, but requires me to monitor my positioning much more. I also need to manage my expectations and anxiety. When I’m stressed, my accuracy goes down. I also need to ensure all people practicing with me have proper training. This is also new for me. I can achieve this goal with the right attitude.
Congratulations on your success Mitchell! Thanks for the information on what the difference is between a stand and having your devices held for you. I was wondering about that, but what you say makes a lot of sense.