The following is a list of some programs that have been developed for struggling writers.
Most generally, these programs are best used in an individual or small group therapy setting. Professionals will want to familiarize themselves with the program, as it may utilize a multi-sensory approach or focus on the student’s strengths. You will need to decide which program works best. Also, be sure to click on our Apps tab for more help with writing and spelling.
This is a mnemonic strategy that assists a learner by providing a multi-sensory approach to facilitate language organization. The program targets elementary school students, though it can also be used with older students to help with vocabulary, writing, and organization.
This was developed by Jan Olsen, an occupational therapist. It incorporates systematic, multi-sensory instructions in a developmental sequence. It provides easy-to-use lessons for the professional and is widely used in schools across the country.
This focuses on the student's writing strengths and helps to shore up their weaknesses. This program equips students and teachers with models of good writing and provides lessons, writing prompts, and scoring rubrics for the multiple dimensions of writing. The traits that are addressed include: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.
Mindwing Concepts was developed to teach multiple areas of language in a multi-sensory context. A plethora of tools are available to teach narrative and expository writing from preschool through high school. Teacher manuals and continuing education are also available for teaching written expression and reading comprehension. This curriculum explicitly teaches the critical thinking skills that are required for effective analysis of a text and for written communication. The story grammar marker is a manipulative that reminds students of all ages of the elements to include in their written narratives.
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