Writing Resources

When using Google Chrome

  • Speech to Text:
  • Text to Speech:
    • Webpages: Google Chrome Speech (highlight text >edit> speech)
    • Google Docs: free version of Google Read and Write

When using an iPad

  • Speech to Text
    • built into the iPad, use microphone on the keyboard
  • Text to Speech
    • built in speech
      • go to settings>general>accessibility>speech>speech

Touch Typing Programs

Ideas to Help Get Students Writing

  • Use a digital recorder for brainstorming or the initial version of the text. Then have the student use his/her auditory notes to put his/her ideas on paper and edit.
  • Have a scribe type the student’s oral work onto a computer with no punctuation, capitalization, or editing, for later revision by the student.
  • Use webbing software such as Lucid Chart (or other graphic organizer software) to help students brainstorm and organize their ideas before writing.
  • Break down the writing process into smaller chunks: have students put together a story or report using Power Point.
  • Use writing boards to aid students in constructing complete sentences. Writing boards can be easily built using the BoardMaker Plus software.
  • Get notes from a friend, the teacher, or a para educator
  • Accept “alternatives to handwriting” for presenting assignments, when necessary, or appropriate (this can include oral presentation, artwork, poster presentation, etc.)
  • Go visual: Offer alternatives to writing, such as SketchUp to show their ideas visually rather than through text. SketchUp can be downloaded for free.


Writing Issue Areas Graphomotor Attention Language Memory Higher-order Cognition
Definition refers to the ability to use muscles in fingers/hands, produce legible handwriting able to focus on mental energy required for writing and self-monitor recognize letter sounds, comprehend words (and their meanings), word order, grammar, construct sentences, describe/explain generating ideas and ability to retrieve vocabulary, spelling and prior knowledge, think about writing topic in sequence. generate original and creative ideas with grammar, spelling, etc., critical thinking skills with conceptual abilities
What does  look like? – only write short passages

– very slow writing

– awkward pencil grip

– cannot write in cursive

– hard to or cannot form letters

– difficulty getting started

– easily distracted during writing

– mental fatigue

– inconsistent legibility

– uneven tempo with writing

– numerous careless errors

– poor planning in writing

– poor vocabulary

– awkward phrasing and unconventional grammar

– inappropriate use of language

– difficulty with sentence structure and word order

– trouble reading back what is written

– difficulty with word sounds, spelling and meaning

– poor vocabulary

– many misspelled words

– frequent capitalization, punctuation and grammar issues

– trouble generating ideas and/or elaborating

– difficulty developing and organizing ideas

– lack of opinion or sense of audience

– difficulty with creativity and/or critical thinking

Interventions -AT Solutions (include typing)

-Modified pencils or paper

-Alternative keyboards

-Writing templates

-Graphic organizers

-Guided writing

-SRSD strategies

– Sequence strips

– Audio or picture cues

-Auditory feedback

– AT text-to-speech, word prediction and speech-to-text (dictation)

– Sentence starters, outlines and templates

-Guided writing
-Strategies to help with executive functioning while writing

-Idea bank or  word bank

-AT- Word prediction and Text-to-speech


– Writing portfolios with guided templates

-Research tools to help organize information (Could be AT)

-Guided writing

-AT with word prediction, text-to-speech and speech-to-text

-Writing portfolios and templates

-Graphic organizers

Free Graphic Organizer

Google Tools for Special Needs