Assistive Technology, Classroom Implementation Strategies & Resource Recommendations for Kids Who Struggle to Write digital download is a Resource Guide designed for OTs, parents and other professionals working with students with educationally significant handwriting challenges. These challenges make it difficult/impossible for them to complete written schoolwork using paper and pencil.
Authors: Sue Ramin-Hutchison (Certified Teacher Consultant for Physically & Otherwise Health Impaired Students, Assistive Technology Support Specialist and Special Education/Section 504 Advocate) and Merri Domer (Special Needs Technology Consultant)
Digital download (126 page PDF) is delivered electronically immediately following payment.
This guide is appropriate for students with low average to above-average intelligence who have conditions such as:
- Physical Impairments
- Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Learning Disabilities – including Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Assistive Technology, Classroom Implementation Strategies & Resource Recommendations for Kids Who Struggle to Write includes:
- a full continuum of “best practice” assistive technology for kids, K-12, that allow them to complete all types of written schoolwork – even math, worksheets and advanced math and science! This assistive technology ranges from “Low-Tech” products to help kids improve their handwriting skills to the introduction of “High-Tech” devices, software/apps/extensions, other products and supports to be used when “Low-Tech” solutions are not enough.
- the best classroom assistive technology implementation strategies (including the authors’ Assistive Technology Implementation Plan) – which really are the keys to making a smooth transition from traditional to technology-based methods for completing written schoolwork
- a list and description of 3 Dysgraphia Diagnostic Evaluation Tests
- an opportunity to privately consult with the authors regarding a specific student
- complete assistive technology descriptions, website, and ordering information. Purchasers of this guide will also be provided with the access code for the authors’ internet “Guide Updates Page.” Periodically logging in to this page will always keep this Resource Guide current and up-to-date in the future, as the authors continually post new assistive technology information for students with written output disorders on this page as it becomes available.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Dysgraphia – What Is It?
Why and When Assistive Technology?
Section 1: Who Should I Contact and What Should I Ask When Trying to Obtain Services and Equipment for Kids with Handwriting Disabilities
Section 2: How to Obtain Services and Assistive Technology for a Student with a Handwriting Disability at School: A Discussion About IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and ISPs
Section 3: “Low-Tech” Ideas to Assist Kids with Handwriting Disabilities
Section 4: “Low-Tech” Equipment Options to Help Kids Improve Handwriting Skills
Section 5: How to Tell When “Low-Tech” Solutions Are Not Enough
Section 6: “High-Tech” Equipment Options
Section 7: “High-Tech” Accessory Options
Section 8: Manufacturer’s Pre-Installed Accessibility Options
Section 9: Special Needs Software/App/Extension Recommendations
Section 10: Adapted Keyboarding Instruction and Software Recommendations
Section 11: Voice Recognition Recommendations
Section 12: Implementation Ideas for Special Needs Technology in the Classroom
Section 13: Funding Ideas for “High-Tech” Equipment and Software/Apps/Extensions for “Handwriting- Challenged” Students
Appendix A: Individual Consultation Information and Request Form
Appendix B: Assistive Technology Implementation Plan Information and Form
Appendix C: Dysgraphia Diagnostic Evaluation Tests