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ERIC Number: EJ986388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Effects of Word Prediction on Writing Fluency for Students with Physical Disabilities
Mezei, Peter J.; Heller, Kathryn Wolff
Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, v31 n1 p3-26 Spr 2012
Many students with physical disabilities have difficulty with writing fluency due to motor limitations. One type of assistive technology that has been developed to improve writing speed and accuracy is word prediction software, although there is a paucity of research supporting its use for individuals with physical disabilities. This study used an alternating treatment design between word prediction versus word processing to examine fluency, accuracy, and passage length on writing draft papers by individuals who have physical disabilities. Results indicated that word prediction had little to no effectiveness in increasing writing speed for all of the students in this study, but it shows promise in decreasing spelling and typographical errors. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
Division for Physical, Health, and Multiple Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Individual Achievement Test; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test