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Access to the Writing Process

Trisha Johnson
Don Johnston Incorporated
Volo, IL
Phone: 847-740-0749
FAX: 847-740-7326

Students with disabilities face many barriers to writing. They may lack the skills to type, to plan or organize their thoughts, to monitor their words and to spend time learning to write. Frustration leads to a cycle of failure because students don't want to try. Educators need effective interventions that will help these students overcome their writing hurdles in every step of the writing process. Spend time with us in this session as we explore the intervention strategies that result in successful writers.

This presentation will show you how to use several intervention products to do effective writing intervention. We'll share tips and techniques for supporting struggling writers. We will demonstrate how these critical intervention products work together to provide the writing success from planning to printing the final draft.

In this presentation, attendees will receive in-depth information on:

• Strategies to support students in pre-writing activities. You will learn how to assist the students with setting writing goals, planning the topic and organizing their thoughts.

• How to use Co:WriterÆ to make the writing process easier and better for struggling writers. You'll learn how to use special writer files so students have the right words at their fingertips for writing book reports, essays and more. You'll find out the tips for using Co:Writer that give students the extra support they need as they write.

• Doing supported writing with Write:OutLoudÆ, the easy-to-use talking word processor that guarantees writing success. Attendees will learn how Write:OutLoud's talking features, talking dictionary and other features support the writing process for struggling students and gives them the positive reinforcement they need to improve their writing. You'll see how easy it is to add pictures to documents so students can do their book reports and assignments across the curriculum.

• You will learn how use access interventions to teach writing skills and how to integrate computer access interventions in the writing process. Access interventions include the full range of Discoverô products, the best access for the most needs.

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