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Bullet.gif (1137 bytes)NCIP Profile: Skills Needed to Use Word Prediction

NCIP Staff, 1994


Students who use word prediction programs must have some phonetic spelling ability. To ensure that the correct word appears on word prediction lists, students must be able to correctly identify its first few letters.

Students also need to read well enough to see the difference between words that look similar on prediction lists. For students who are unable to read, some programs include a speech feedback component that "reads" word prediction lists aloud.

Students who use word prediction programs also must be able to flexibly shift their attention back and forth between the keyboard (or other alternative access device) and the word prediction lists.

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