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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 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.

Improving the Quality of Student Notes

Much of classroom learning at the secondary and postsecondary levels depends on understanding and retaining information from lectures. In most cases, students are expected to take notes and to review them in preparation for testing of lecture material.

Five Guidelines for Learning Spelling and Six Ways for Practicing Spelling

Here are some concrete techniques that children can use to study spelling. This article also shares guidelines teachers and students should keep in mind, because practice makes permanent.

Strategies for the Reluctant Writer

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

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

Prevention and Intervention of Writing Difficulties for Students with Learning Disabilities

Enhancing the Note-Taking Skills of Students with Mild Disabilities

Handwriting Club: Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Improve Handwriting

Handwriting is a complex skill that is not often taught directly. It is not unusual for some students with disabilities to have difficulty with handwriting. These students may also have sensory integration problems. Handwriting Club is a format that provides direct instruction in handwriting combined with sensory integration activities. This article describes all the steps and materials necessary to organize and conduct a handwriting club.

Teaching Expressive Writing to Students with Learning Disabilities

Tips for Parents to Encourage Writing

Helping Your Child to Better Handwriting

Dysgraphia Accommodations and Modifications

Signs and symptoms of dysgraphia are described. Use the menu of accommodations and modifications to pick the best ones for your students, so they can learn the material without interference by their writing problems. Examples include; let them have more time, simplify the task, allow assistance for part of the task (i.e. a scribe to physically write for a student, give them tools that will help, or change the format). Do not lower your expectations for actual learning. The last section of the article has remediation recommendations to help the student improve their writing and overcome their dysgraphia.

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.

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.

Multimedia and More: Help for Students with Learning Disabilities

Making Technology Work in the Inclusive Classroom: A Spell CHECKing Strategy for Students with Learning Disabilities

From Illegible to Understandable: How Word Prediction and Speech Synthesis Can Help

Mechanical Obstacles to Writing: What Can Teachers Do to Help Students with Learning Problems?

Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process

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