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Building Writing Autonomy: Supporting Developing Writers with Idea and Language Generation

October 29 @ 9:00 pm11:00 pm EDT


1. Participants will be able to discuss different supports for language and ideas to be used with developing writers

2. Participants will be able to identify which supports for language and ideas to use with developing writers at different groups on the Writing with All Tools Continuum.


October 29
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EDT
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Online (Zoom)



Writing is a very complex skill. It requires ideas, language, the understanding of a number of rules, spelling, transcription skills, and more! 

Many students who cannot rely on speech alone to be heard and understood, need additional supports to help them to generate ideas and language in their writing development. 

This presentation will talk through the different supports we can use with developing writers to help them to become autonomous in generating their writing content, using the Writing with All Tools Continuum (WWATC) (Farrall, 2022) as a basis for discussing which supports are appropriate at different levels.  It will also discuss some of the supports in common use in special education programs that don’t support  the development of autonomy – and why these supports are problematic.