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 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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September 29, 2015

Why writing matters

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By Kathy Kuhl Why teach writing to kids who struggle with it? Is written expression still important in a digital age? Written letters have largely given way to phone calls, Skype, and emails. (At the beach last month, I discovered no one sold postcards anymore.) Teens and young adults I know have largely abandoned email […]

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April 14, 2015

Cool trick for correct pencil grip

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by Kathy Kuhl One reason I love speaking at homeschool conventions is what I learn from you. My friend Mary, who works with special needs students, was helping at my booth. Mary showed me how to use two rubber bands to fashion a simple pencil grip, which she models here.           […]

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April 19, 2014

Tools to Help Students with Writing Difficulties

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Know a child or teen who struggles with writing? Wonder what tools can help? In such a fast-growing field, it’s hard to keep up. But don’t stick with the old technology (like my old manual typewriter shown here). Try something new. I’ve found three resources this week: The mother-daughter team of Darla and Kaila Hatton […]

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March 28, 2013

Help for struggling writers

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William Van Cleave is an exceptionally good teacher. A teacher trainer and educational consultant, he spoke on teaching writing. Click here for his excellent handout, which covers many stages of writing: from forming letters to revising essays. One example of what I liked are his exercises on varying sentence structure. Once our students can construct […]

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February 22, 2013

Software and technology tools

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My local Virginia support group, GiftsNVA, had the privilege of hearing Joan Green. Joan helps parents find software and other tech tools to help their special children. Joan’s newest book is out, The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education. This gold mine of resources includes technology to improve verbal expression, to improve auditory comprehension, and […]

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