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Learn about the six principles designed to prevent writing difficulties as well as to build writing skills: providing effective writing instruction, tailoring instruction to meet individual needs, intervening early, expecting that each child will learn to write, identifying and addressing roadblocks to writing, and using technology.


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Enhancing the Note-Taking Skills of Students with Mild Disabilities

Teachers can improve the note-taking skills of students with mild disabilities by either modifying their presentation during lectures or teaching students how to use note-taking techniques. This article begins with a vignette and then describes how teachers can modify their lectures and how they can teach note-taking techniques to students. The two note-taking techniques described are strategic note taking and guided notes.

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Writing Disabilities: An Overview

Writing is difficult. Most writers could relate to the frustration expressed by this student. It's a complex process that draws on a variety of skills and knowledge of the topic. Writers must set goals, integrate the many cognitive and social processes involved, and monitor their own success. Find out why some kids with learning disabilities struggle with writing and how some instructional approaches can help.

What Is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can show up as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Learn more about early warning signs of dysgraphia as well as effective strategies to help struggling writers.

6 Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Handwriting

The road to writing consists of two distinct but related paths. Students who successfully travel these paths often have had teachers and/or parents assisting them to safely navigate their way. Successful navigation frequently results in reinvigorating students' enthusiasm for writing even if they struggle with learning disabilities.

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  • I'm never sure what to expect anymore (05/18/05)

    My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."