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Use tools like graphic organizers.

What you can do

Encourage your child to use graphic organizers, note-taking software and other tools to help organize her thoughts. Graphic organizers are especially useful for kids who struggle with writing assignments. These tools are visual aids and can help your child “see” how to approach different kinds of tasks.

Ask your child’s teacher to recommend a good graphic organizer. You can also download some free ones and print them out. Explore Tech Finder for apps and other tools that can help with your child with organization and time management.

What you can say

“Sofia, you’re so good with technology. Can you help me search for some programs that will help you improve your writing skills? You have great ideas and seem to know what you want to say. But you get tangled up when you try to put them down on paper.”

“Your teacher told me there are several programs that might be good for you. You can type in a bunch of thoughts and ideas, and the software organizes them into an outline. Let’s take a look at some and see if these graphic organizers will make writing easier for you.”

Why this will help

Kids with learning and attention issues often have very good ideas but get bogged down in the basic mechanics of writing. Most computers come with tools that correct grammar and spelling. Specialty programs such as “mind mapping” software can help students organize their thoughts.

With the right technology, your child will be able to conserve mental energy for more important tasks such as generating ideas, making connections between thoughts and solving problems.

Learn more about how to find the right assistive technology for your child.

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