Writing disorders can make every day school tasks like taking notes, writing assignments into a planner, and completing written work very challenging for students. Nonetheless, this does not mean that it should hold a child back from learning to be a great writer. There are many resources available to help assist students become proficient writers and the following is a list that children and adolescents in our clinic have found helpful:
Assistive Technology Devices that may be available in your child’s school:
- Word Processor
- Dictation (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking programs)
- Co-Writer Word Prediction Software
- Inspiration Software http://www.inspiration.com/
- Reduce overall written work load
- Copy of teacher notes and outlines
- Focus on one writing skill at a time until the child masters it
- Encourage free writing about your child’s favorite topic
- Help them talk out key points to cover and reinforce the organization format taught in school
- If legibility of writing is a concern, a trial of Occupational Therapy can help with fine motor control and coordination.
Writing is a vital skill that should never be out of reach for any child. For additional strategies, please visit: http://www.ldonline.org. For information about your child’s rights and standards in public education, please visit: Idea.ed.gov.