It is important for teachers and parents to provide numerous opportunities for children to engage in writing so they will learn that symbols and written words have meaning. Teachers can use low tech and high tech solutions to support young children’s writing and literacy experiences.
Why should young children write? Writing is an active way to learn about print. Writing supports learning to read and writing is a form of communication. Young children with disabilities often do not have as many experiences with writing as do those without disabilities.
It is important for teachers and parents to provide numerous opportunities for children to engage in writing so they will learn that symbols and written words have meaning. Teachers can use low tech and high tech solutions to support young children’s writing and literacy experiences. To facilitate writing for children with disabilities, try the following ideas for adapting writing instruments:
• Attach crayons or markers to small wheel toys that roll easily
• Make small holes in tennis ball and slide pencils through
• Use Velcro to attach writing tool to a glove or mitt
For additional examples go to:
MEville to WEville: This research based curriculum from Don Johnston is for use with students with disabilities who have difficulties learning to read and write through traditional means. (AVAILABLE FOR LOAN FROM T-TAC ODUhttp://ttac.odu.edu Click on Library.)
More ideas for adapting writing instruments, paper, or books (commercial and home made) can be found at (broken link) http://www.whitfield.k12.ga.us/usped/d/item05.pdf
Blick Art Materials: http://www.dickblick.com/categories/adaptivegrip/details/. Commercially available art and writing instruments.
Boston Public Schools Technology Center: Examples of writing and reading supports – low to high tech. (broken link) http://boston.k12.ma.us/teach/technology/emmanuel/ATAdaptBks.pdf.
Stages of Writing Development: (broken link) http://www.sedubois.k12.in.us/~jblackgrove/stages_of_writing.htm
Information on the stages of writing, including random marks on paper, drawing and scribbling.