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Are There Writing Worksheets for a Child with LD?

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: I'm looking for some worksheets that can help my child who has LD in writing. Would you also suggest some websites where I might download this information?

A: Having your child complete worksheets to help him to improve his writing skills will probably not address his needs. Are his writing problems in the formation of letters? Does he have difficulty planning what he is going to write about? Are his difficulties primarily in the mechanics of writing (capitalization, punctuation, and spelling)? Talk to his teacher to get some guidance about exactly where his stumbling blocks are occurring.

After consulting with her, ask what kind of practice you can do with him to reinforce the skills he is being taught in school. Many children benefit from using the computer to complete writing assignments. Can your child touch type? That's certainly something you could teach him at home that would help him in school with his writing.

If he has difficulty getting his ideas organized and down on the page, there's a software program that might help. You can download the program Inspiration for free for 30 days. There are templates that can help with jumpstarting writing.

The Resource Room website has teaching ideas for writing and other subjects.

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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.


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