NCIP Staff, 1994
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Students with disabilities have trouble writing when their ability to generate text
cannot keep pace with the flow of their ideas. Some students simply cannot retain ideas in
their memory long enough to express them coherently in writing. Others have difficulty
with spelling or with the motor demands of handwriting and keystroking. Some students with
more significant motor impairments use adaptive methods for writing that can also slow
down the process.
Many students with disabilities who confront these obstacles can be assisted by word prediction, software that reduces the number of keystrokes necessary for typing words.
- How word prediction works
- Skills Needed to Use Word Prediction
- Stories of two students successfully using word prediction
- Features of different word prediction software programs
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