3 Steps to Teach Writing in SpED Classrooms (and make it joyful!)

Education standards include increased writing requirements for special ed and autism classrooms. Students are now expected to share and communicate through writing. But, special educators often tell us, "My students can't even trace their names. How can I teach them expressive writing?"

Don’t despair! Believe in the joy of writing instruction with your students with First Author Writing Curriculum –– a comprehensive writing curriculum includes 3 easy-to-implement steps: Mini-Lessons, Writing Time, and Authors’ Chair.

Each step gives you explicit instructions. Also, you get measurement tools so sensitive that you can measure writing progress in even the most emergent writers. First Author Writing Curriculum is the ONLY writing curriculum of its kind. Teachers and students using First Author Writing tell us they not only look forward to writing time –– they actually ask for more!

Listen to Dr. Janet Sturm and learn ideas and strategies that will have a lasting impact on students:

  • Mini-Lesson – Follow along with a sample lesson from the program.
  • Ramp Up Writing Time – Make writing time a joy with new photo, alphabet, and scribbling ideas
  • Artifacts and the Authors’ Chair – Learn tips & tricks to optimize communication using artifacts, AAC, and other communication options.

Presenter: Janet Sturm, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. Dr. Sturm has been working in general and special education classrooms for over 25 years. Her research and development work focuses on writing instruction for students with disabilities, computer-supported literacy, formative and summative assessments of beginning writers, and classroom communication.

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