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Word prediction is an adaptive software feature of some word processing and communications programs which reduce the number of keystrokes necessary to encode words, and which provides online spelling assistance. Word prediction can greatly benefit students with motor impairments, communication impairments, and or/learning disabilities.

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 The following print and video profiles are overviews of this topic developed by NCIP:

NCIP Profile:

"Writing with Word Prediction Software"

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Video Profile:"Jeff: With Expression: Writing with Word Prediction Software"

The following resources contained in the Word Prediction Collection were compiled by NCIP.  They are grouped into the categories General, Practice, Products, and Research


Getting to Word Prediction: Developmental Literacy and AAC

A paper by Yvonne Gillette which discusses developmental literacy skills in relation to word prediction.

What is Word Prediction?

A description of how word prediction functions as a feature of word processing programs.

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Enabling a Student with Developmental Delays

A tutor's account of introducing Co-Writer in conjunction with Write OutLoud to a student with developmental delays associated with Williams syndrome.

Motivating a Reluctant Writer

A clinician related how she introduced word prediction software to a number of clients with learning disabilities with positive results.


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A description of Aurora 2.0, a word prediction program which may be used in conjunction with Windows and DOS word processing programs.


Description and ordering information about Co:Writer, a word predication program which can be used in conjunction with Macintosh-based word processing programs and Windows. Also discusses how Co:Writer can be used with Write:OutLoud (a word processing program with speech output).


Information about EZKeys/KeyWiz and other word prediction programs available from Words+ Inc. Programs may be used in conjunction with Windows.

Publishers of Word Prediction Programs

A comprehensive list of word prediction programs, containing names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and Web sites of publishers and vendors.

Telepathic II

Information about Telepathic II and its three related word prediction programs, Screen Doors II, Revolving Doors, and PreDictate. All programs are published by Madenta Communications, Inc. and support both Macintosh and Windows.

Read and Write (previously textHELP 98)

A description of Read and Write!, a word prediction program specifically designed to support students with dyslexia, reading, typing, vision, and spelling difficulties. Read and Write is designed to be used in conjunction with any Windows word processor, spreadsheet or database.


A description ofWriteAway, a word prediction program, offering multiple, modifiable word lists for students to choose from. WriteAway may be used in conjunction with DOS.

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Increasing Literacy Levels by the Use of Linguistic Prediction

A summary of a study on the benefits of word prediction for students with a variety of special needs. Reports findings on a variety of qualitatively measured outcomes, including motivation, speed, vocabulary usage, and spelling accuracy.

The Intelligent Word Prediction Project

A description of a project which is developing a word prediction system to assist individuals with disabilities who use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Nemours Foundation, the purpose, method, and progress of the project is outlined.

Word Prediction and Spelling Correction Software with Mildly Handicapped Students

A summary of a study on the benefits of word prediction software (KeyWiz by Words+) on six students (ages 12 to 14) with learning disabilities. Reports outcomes on quantitative and qualitative measures.

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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