Spelling is Awful. What to Do?

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Spelling is Awful. What to Do?
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Sun, 05-22-2011 - 6:39pm

Nathaniel (10 with Dyslexia) can learn words for a spelling test and do well on the test but he does not retain the information then apply it to his daily writing.

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 9:28pm
cool idea. I will try that with him when we get back from vacay.

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Fri, 06-10-2011 - 1:56pm
How about having him dictate to you. You write down what he tells you, then after he's done dictating he can either copy by hand or type out what you have written. He gets his story/summary out (with less frustration), then gets practice spelling the words (when he rewrites what he dictated to you).

So, he dictates, you write it down, then he copies what you wrote down.
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Registered: 10-08-2004
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 4:40pm
I know it is so true, looking at how far he has come is amazing. It really blows me away. Today was his last day of school, I thanked his teachers. They mean so much to him, especially his SPED teacher.

I will look into some of those programs and talk to his SPED teacher about them next year b/c she was the first one to talk about assistive technology.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 10:45am
My son finally got his Fusion from the school (through his IEP.) It has word prediction and can read the selection back to you so that you can make corrections. So far it is going ok with him - he really likes the prediction, the issue he has is he is not very fast at typing yet. We will be working on this more over the summer. Co-writer is another program that will do word prediction and can be installed on the regular computer. Just check to see with whatever he uses if it can be written into the IEP so that he can use it during state writing tests. Not everything is allowed. I was a HORRIBLE speller, and couldn't see my mistakes. Correction programs have slowly helped me get better. (But I also had the issue of words not being recognized.)

Also, remember how far he has come. My son did a writing prompt test. He did 3 sentences. I felt discouraged. The teacher reminded me that a year ago it took him an hour just to write his name.
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Registered: 10-08-2004
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 5:24pm
taking the ones he misspells and working on them later is a great idea. I've tried cheat sheets and they work sometimes but his skills of copying aren't so good either. He tends to lose his place and it either comes out spelled wrong anyways or it frustrates him.

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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 1:13pm
That's a tough one. How would he feel if you had a cheat sheet he could look at when he's writing to get the spelling? How about you take the words he misspelled and go over them later so he doesn't relate them to his schoolwork? Just tell him you want to work on some spelling words, and have him write them down several times?

I'm just throwing out some suggestions that popped into my head, I hope you can find some solutions that will work.