July 12, 2016

Trouble with pencil grip? Two great tools

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By Kathy Kuhl     One of my favorite tools for those who struggle with pencil grip–how to hold it correctly, and how to hold it without getting tired–is the Twist-n-Write pencil by Baumgartens. (Links are below.) Shaped like a wishbone, this pencil: makes it easier to hold a pencil correctly lets the sensory-seeking child […]

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March 16, 2016

Developing Basic Skills in Reading & Writing

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by Kathy Kuhl      Review of Diana Hanbury King’s A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home: Developing Foundational Skills in Reading & Writing  Suppose you could get one of the best writing teachers, a specialist in helping struggling learners, to come over to help you understand how to teach your child? What if she […]

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January 26, 2016

Unusual tool for teens with handwriting difficulties

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by Kathy Kuhl When I speak at conventions on helping teens overcome struggles with writing, one piece of technology for folks with handwriting problems gets more oohs and ahhs than any other. Since it generates so much interest, I’ve decided to write about it. Livescribe Smart Pen looks like a pen, but it is more. It has a microphone […]

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November 03, 2015

More accommodations for struggling writers

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 by Kathy Kuhl [Part 4 on helping struggling writers. The series began here, with “Why Writing Matters.”]  Spelling dictionaries A spelling dictionary is easier to use than a conventional dictionary because it only lists words and has no definitions.They are available from many publishers, including Educators Publishing Service, which carries My Word Book and several levels of Words I […]

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October 20, 2015

Accommodations for struggling writers

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By Kathy Kuhl  [Part 3 on helping struggling writers. Part 1 is here, and part 2 here.] A woman told me her son had been accepted into a good college even though he had the handwriting of a six-year-old. Happily, this sharp young man and his mother knew how to get accommodations to get his thoughts on paper. Can […]

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October 06, 2015

Strengthen your child’s writing ability

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By Kathy Kuhl [Part 2 on helping struggling writers. Part 1 is here.] If your children struggle to write, you need a two-pronged approach. You need to strengthen their areas of weakness, that is, to remediate. You also need to work around their specific areas of weakness so they can get their words out and improve […]

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