ERIC Number: ED285315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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The Word Processor as a Tool for the Learning Disabled Student.
Candler, Ann C.; Keefe, Charlotte Hendrick
The paper reviews the advantages and disadvantages of using word processing programs with learning disabled students, describes some available programs, delineates criteria for selection of word processing programs, and considers expanded uses of word processing with this population. Advantages of word processing programs for learning disabled students include helping them with written document preparation, editing, and revision. Word processing programs may present a disadvantage in that writers may look better without actually improving their writing skills. Among word processing programs recommended for learning disabled students are Bank Street Writer, Talking Screen Textwriting Program, Quill, and Magic Slate. For any word processing program to be effective, it must be matched with the individual student's needs and capabilities. Future uses of word processors by learning disabled students may include reading (conversion of print into speech for the nonreader), writing from oral dictation, social skills development, and more comprehensive student evaluation. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (65th, Chicago, IL, April 20-24, 1987).