What Is Write Now!?
Write Now! Is a multi-sensory approach for teaching written composition. CRG’s speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist, Beth Waite-Lafever, MA-CCC/SLP-ATP, combines her two areas of expertise to provide this service to struggling writers. Write Now! combines technology and organizational skills to help students overcome difficulties with the fine motor skills needed to write by hand. Write Now! sessions focus on concepts such as oral expression, written expression, vocabulary comprehension, defining and describing, making associations, stating the functions of objects, and categorization.
Who Can Benefit from Write Now!?
Writing is a complicated process that requires a combination of cognitive and motor tasks working in concert with each other. Even very bright students can encounter difficulties developing effective writing strategies if they experience any of the following challenges:
- visual-spatial difficulties that make it hard to write on lined paper or organize written work in the allotted space
- fine motor difficulties that challenge a student’s ability to physically hold a pen or pencil or to type in the traditional manner
- spelling difficulties that restrict vocabulary usage or produce words that can’t be corrected easily by spell-check features
- difficulties using grammar, punctuation, and/or capitalization
- difficulties describing ideas or thoughts and organizing them in paragraph form
Write Now! Is for any student from elementary through junior high school who may have any of the following characteristics:
- doesn’t know how to get started writing
- has trouble organizing thoughts to write about
- uses minimal descriptions/details in writing
- has difficulty writing legibly
- has weak spelling skills
- needs to learn skills for pre-writing, drafting, and/or editing
How Does This Service Work?
Write Now! is a strategy instruction service that begins with an intake appointment with the student and his/her parent(s). This hour-long session includes a review of the student’s writing samples, discussion of any previous accommodations, and an explanation of the Write Now! program. The intake results in recommendations for a series of one-hour sessions to work on the skills that student needs to develop. By focusing on composition and technology skills, the student quickly develops more independent writing skills for greater success in school and life.
Where Can I Learn More?
Beth Waite-Lafever, MA-CCC/SLP-ATP, has been certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). This is the internationally recognized professional credential for speech-language pathologists. In addition, she is licensed by the State of Indiana to practice as a speech-language pathologist and has an Indiana Teacher’s License to provide speech-language services in the public schools. Beth also has been certified as an Assistive Technology Professional by RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
For More Information:
Understanding Your Child’s Trouble with Writing
Assistive Technology Tools for Writing
Assistive Technology for Writing, Including Motor Aspects of Writing and Composition