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Articles within this section cover a broad range of topics, including understanding dysgraphia (a term used to describe difficulty in writing, particularly handwriting), teaching writing skills, and technology resources for writing.

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Spelling and Dyslexia

Spelling is a challenge for people with dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association provides a fact sheet explaining why people with dyslexia have trouble spelling, how to find out the reasons a particular child has this difficulty, and how to help children with dyslexia spell better.

Spelling and Students with Learning Disabilities

Spelling difficulties can be enduring in individuals with reading disabilities, sometimes even after reading has been successfully remediated. Addressing spelling difficulties is important, because poor spelling can hamper writing and can convey a negative impression even when the content of the writing is excellent.

Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process

Strategies for Dealing with Dysgraphia

A common teaching technique is to have the students write information to reinforce the material. For example, spelling programs often encourage students to write each spelling word five times or 20 times. For many students, the kinesthetic process of writing reinforces what is to be learned.

Strategies for the Reluctant Writer

Teaching Expressive Writing to Students with Learning Disabilities

Teaching Students to Take Class Notes

Do your students have trouble taking notes? Learn techniques to help them such as abbreviations, column style notetaking, and a visual style of taking notes called webbing.

The Strategic Spelling Skills of Students with Learning Disabilities: The Results of Two Studies

The Writing Road: Reinvigorate Your Students' Enthusiasm for Writing

Teach your students to avoid the avoidance of writing. Learn how to lead them down the path of enthusiasm and self-confidence about writing through research-proven strategies.

Tips for Parents to Encourage Writing

Understanding Why Students Avoid Writing

If parents and teachers understand why some students hate writing , they can targeted solution to address students' reluctance. Learn some reasons students avoid writing, and how increasing the automaticity of writing skills and underscoring an appreciation for the purpose of writing can help.

Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing

Technology—and especially the subset of technology tools known as assistive technology—can be an effective element of the writing curriculum for students with disabilities. Assistive technology (AT) can be defined as a technology that allows someone to accomplish a critical educational or life task. Since writing is so integral to school success, AT is often indicated to assist students with disabilities. In this article, CITEd looks at how technology can support students' writing.

Using Texting to Promote Learning and Literacy

What Happens When Students Use Text-to-Speech and Word Predict Programs to Compose Text?

What Is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. Learn the warning signs and strategies that can help. There are techniques for teaching and accommodating early writers, young students, or help yourself if you struggle with dysgraphia.

When Writing Is Hard

Let’s face it: Not all kids love to write. For some, every step of the writing process is difficult — including spelling, handwriting and getting organized ideas onto paper. In this edition of Growing Readers, you'll learn more about dysgraphia and how you can support your child's writing.

Writing - Walking, Tinkertoys, and Legos

Writing Disabilities: An Overview

Learn from an expert why some kids with learning disabilities struggle with writing and how some instructional approaches can help.

Writing for the Web: Blogs and Wikis to Support Literacy

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