A hands-on guide for anyone who teaches writing to students with learning disabilities
This comprehensive, authoritative resource helps equip teachers to effectively analyze and teach writing to students with learning disabilities and/or language impairments. Mather, Wendling, and Roberts offer a wealth of helpful approaches and exercises including:
... Tips for analyzing difficulties in all major components of written language
... Information on the connection of oral language to written language
... An analysis of handwriting difficulties, styles, and instructional strategies
... Instructional strategies for all aspects of written language
... Helpful reviews of basic skills such as spelling,punctuation, and capitalization with numerousinstructional strategies
... Methods for enhancing student performance inwritten expression
... Practical assessment approaches for monitoringstudent progress
... Suggestions for motivating reluctant writers
While the authors put the focus on working with children with learning disabilities, the strategies included have been proven to work with all students with writing difficulties, whether or not they have been designated as having a learning disability.
"Well-written and organized, and filled with practical strategies, this book should be required reading for every educator dedicated to teaching written language skills to all students, not just those with disabilities. It is an essential desk reference."--Sam Goldstein, PhD, editor in chief, Journal of Attention Disorders, and co-editor in chief, Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development
"The comprehensive model of writing that structures the book enables teachers to use assessment results as the basis for designing effective instruction to overcome writing problems for students at all grade levels."--Esther Minskoff, PhD, professor emerita, Special Education, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Nancy Mather, PhD, is a professor at the University of Arizona in the department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology. She specializes in assessment and reading and writing disabilities.
Barbara J. Wendling, MA, is an educational consultant who has years of clinical experience as a general and special educator and diagnostician in public school settings.
Rhia Roberts, PhD, is an educational consultant specializing in assessment and learning disabilities. She trains teachers and school psychologists in districts around the country.
360 pages. 2009