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Writing Tools and Strategies (Tier 3)

The following lists of writing tools and strategies are important to consider when determining what types of assistive technology need to be trialed or implemented to support your struggling student.  The Assistive Technology Specialist will facilitate the trial and implementation of various tools and strategies to assist your student.

 Tools
Fine Motor
Spelling

Drafting and Editing
Organization


 Strategies
Fine Motor
  • Handwriting (with the exception of a signature and short notes) is entirely replaced by typing, use of voice recognition technology, or through voice recordings
  • Snap N Type
  • Adobe Pro with Annotator
Spelling
  • Software programs such as SOLO by Don Johnston or Kurzweil 3000 by Cambium Learning have electronic word walls that are displayed during the draft writing process. Make your own word walls with a word processing document open in tiled view with your draft.
  • Word prediction software with read back features supports poor spellers who can estimate beginning sounds of words and select correct words from a pick list.
  • Text-to-speech provides immediate feedback on incorrectly spelled words.
Drafting and Editing
  • By using software programs that include text-to-speech, writers are able to hear what they have written and independently edit their work for misspellings and/or missed words.
  • Writing software with picture support provides the user who has a limited vocabulary a palette of words with pictures so that he/she can independently draft a writing assignment.
  • Students who may struggle using pen/pencil to get thoughts down on paper can do so via their voice with voice recognition software.
  • Clicker1
Organization
  • Electronic graphic organizing software is used in place of paper graphic organizers. This allows the writer to brainstorm, develop an outline, create a draft, and complete the final copy with the benefit of editing features such as spell check throughout the process.