Our specialized and individualized intervention focuses on improving the student’s written skills:
• Ideas: selecting one and elaborating on it
• Organization: planning, drafting, revising their thoughts
• Word Choice: using rich and colorful language
• Sentence Fluency: making sure everything flows as smooth as a river
• Grammar: conjugating those verbs and knowing when to use those cute little adverbs
• Voice: being able to express and be oneself
We teach strategies to facilitate writing development and these include vocabulary (nouns, action words, descriptors), grammar (sentence construction, verb tense, fragments etc.), types of sentences, (statements, questions), increasing linguistic complexity (compound to complex sentences), types of paragraphs (reason, persuasion, comparison and contrasting) improving organization/cohesion of ideas (map out setting, identifying problems, goals, and episodes, connecting ideas, visual and verbal organizers, etc.). These skills are targeted independently for remediation, and they are also implemented in the student’s curriculum.
We take into consideration students’ interests, and strengths, challenges, and learning style, when developing activities to enhance written language skills. These activities may include pictures (including drawing), books (including picture books), personal experiences, art and music, journals, book reports, editing (including correcting the tutor’s mistakes) etc.