|The TimeTimer visual clock|
Often I have to go farther to prompt him with directions such as "why don't you look at the next question on the page?" or "you've written the answer, but now you need to read it out loud to figure out where the commas, periods and capital letters go." Even when we have a written list of "what to do," it can be hard for him.
The truth is, he's capable of continuing on his own. And with only the merest nudge, he does a reasonable job of proofing and correcting his writing, finishing the project, etc. In fact, Tom actually enjoys writing and doesn't dislike reading, math, or practicing his clarinet. The problem is staying on task, and thinking ahead (AKA executive function).
To help him build some independence, I'm looking at software and hardware that might provide the prompts and direction he needs - so that neither I nor a future teacher will need to sit at his shoulder to prompt him. So far, I've found some interesting software that actually prompts a writer through the brainstorming, drafting and editing process - but nothing I'm sold on yet.
A few things I'm looking at:
- This article from Reading Rockets about assistive technology for learning disabilities
- A database called TechMatrix, which lists and reviews assistive technology for learners
- A site called ReadWriteThink which includes a whole mess of free, web-based interactives to support a range of projects including 5 para essays, persuasive essays, and more.
- Inspiration Software (graphical organizing system - ordered a freebie demo to try out)