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Teaching writing to special needs kids

Last post 08-23-2008 11:43 AM by juzlyon. 5 replies.
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  • 12-11-2007 8:36 PM

    Teaching writing to special needs kids

    Teaching writing is a formidable challenge - even when our kids are regular learners.  When they have learning issues, it's an even bigger task!

    What techniques or programs have you used to teach writing?


  • 12-14-2007 2:04 PM In reply to

    Re: Teaching writing to special needs kids

    As a  teacher of writng for children with or without special needs and as a homeschooler, I found that there are numerous ways. Here's a list (hopefully this would be helpful to you)

    1. Let your child keep a journal (diary) it's good to get comfortable with writing and this is a good way to do this

    2. Reading teaches writing (having a supply of a variety of literature around is a good way to expose children to different forms of writing, quality writing, writing technnigues, and genres)

    3. Mini lessons or workshops on grammar concepts are good for children (have them make their own grammar books, filled with grammar concepts etc, its fun to decorate, illustrate, and yes, use for reference.

    4. Creating/self publishing a book of poetry, a ficiton book, non-fiction book, this is always fun to do (it's cheap to bound a book at kinkos or staples

     5. Have them make their own magazines!!!! This could cover ANY subject.

    6. Take them to book signings/readings at the local book store/cafes, let them meet real authors/writers

    7. Become knowledgeable about the process of writing (brainstorming, drafting, editing/revision, final drafts)

  • 12-15-2007 6:46 PM In reply to

    Re: Teaching writing to special needs kids

    These are some great ideas!  Thanks!


  • 12-23-2007 4:32 AM In reply to

    Re: Teaching writing to special needs kids

    I have found with my fourth grader, who is dyslexic, that spelling was really holding her back with writing. Like other dyslexics, she is very bright, and advanced in other ways and it bothered her no end that her spelling was so, so bad. It still is far from perfect, but we started going through the AVKO Sequential Spelling program, which is specifically designed for dyslexics. There is no studying for spelling tests. Instead, you give a short spelling test every day, and the child corrects each word as they go. By the end of the test or several tests, they've internalized a spelling pattern. It has helped us tremendously. If you go to the website, you can try a week as a sample to see it's a good fit for you and your child. The website is:
  • 02-20-2008 10:23 PM In reply to

    • deetta
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    Re: Teaching writing to special needs kids

    Handwriting Without Tears is my all time favorite, simple, direct, right amount of repetition and review and has a complete program including a simplified approach to cursive. Great for any child.


  • 08-23-2008 11:43 AM In reply to

    Re: Teaching writing to special needs kids

    Marisa, Thank you so very much for your post. I went to the website last night and continued researching the information today. I watched the free videos with my husband , who  is dyslexic, and I am so excited about this for my son. This may be the answer we have been looking for spelling. Last year was our first year homeschooling and we haven't found the right program for my son. He was in public school until 3rd grade and he was digressing and was becoming overwhelmed. I had decided to try Handwriting Without Tears this year too and Stevenson Language. I have a friend who is a special needs teacher & she reccomended Stev/Lang, which we have enjoyed so far, I think it has a similar method in spelling.

    I was wondering if you still post on here or anyone who has suggestions on a math program for dyslexics?

    Thanks Laura/Texas

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