Strategies to Improve Writing Skills
(Many of the ideas below were inspired by the same article quoted below)
The quote below is an excerpt from an article, “Disorders of Written Expression”, by Margaret J. Kay. It was located at www.margaretkay.com.
“Written language is the ultimate, most complex method of expression. It involves infinitely complex multiple brain mechanisms, highly synchronized processing and has multiple sources and locations for disruption of activity.”
Margaret J. Kay, Ed.D., has been evaluating and serving the needs of dysgraphic children and adults for over 20 years.
In the beginning…lots of praise
- Encourage correct/appropriate pencil grip.
- Practise correct letter formations – this is a tricky one
- Encourage risk-taking in writing – don’t be overly concerned with neatness, format, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation in the early stages.
Over time….more praise
- Encourage children to write about topics of interest to them.
- Let them experiment with different types of writing (eg: stories, poems, journal entries)
- Encourage children to use the Writing Process (as taught at school) to “build” a piece of writing from the ground up.
At some point…even more praise
- keyboarding skills may be introduced
- wordprocessing may increase written output
For some students…keep on praising
- computer software that prompts the writer may be appropriate
Remember, writers need to experience life in order to be able to write about it!