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Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
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Dysgraphia is a difficulty with the act of writing. And it can interfere with a student’s ability to express ideas. Powerful writing requires students to engage many mental functions at once: organization, memory, attention, motor skill, and various aspects of language ability. Writing is where these skills align. As they struggle with remembering where to put the pencil and how to form each letter, a student with Dysgraphia can forget what they are trying to write in the first place. It can lead to low classroom productivity, incomplete homework assignments, difficulty in focusing attention, and eventually, low self esteem and frustration.
The various elements involved in Dysgraphia can make it hard for students to express themselves in ways that are consistent and real. Co:Writer® has a suite of features that help address Dysgraphia in ways that make it possible for your students to really excel and meet their potential.
There are 5 different kinds of Dysgraphia, which often overlap
illegible writing, but copied work is legible. Students with Dyslexic Dysgraphia have poor spelling skills.
poor fine motor skills, dexterity, low muscle tone, or unspecified clumsiness
does not understand spacing. The writing is sometimes illegible, both copied and original.
poor writing and spelling when encountering unfamiliar and irregular words.
Normal spelling ability when sound to letter patterns are present with misspellings of irregular words.
From speech to text, word prediction and special keyboards to full topic dictionaries that give access to topic-specific and academic vocabulary, Co:Writer® can help students reach their full potential.
Contains tools that help students with Dysgraphia express themselves the way you know they can
Allows students with Dysgraphia to dictate when needed
Neuron Word Prediction
Helps students write what they want to say while supporting phonetic and inventive spellings.
ELL supports give English predictions even when spelling in other languages
Brings Co:Writer word prediction to the iPad
Over 4 million Topic Dictionaries give students access to vocabulary on any topic
Google Chrome Extension
Works across Chromebook, Mac, and Windows desktops running the Google Chrome Browser. Seamlessly integrates with Google Classroom and G Suite.
Get great word prediction for iPad in a self-contained, no-distraction writing app.
It works just like Apple’s stock keyboard on iOS / iPad, but the prediction is much better and it supports Topic Dictionaries and data collection.
Use word prediction on any webpage
Immediately access a free trial and see how Snap&Read™ can help students with Dyslexia reach their potential.
No Credit Card Required
District-wide, team bundles and individual licenses are available.
I have Co:Writer 7 desktop, what’s different in Co:Writer Universal?
Co:Writer Universal is designed to work across all platforms—including desktop, iOS, and Chrome. Simply put, you now have access to the Co:Writer technology you know and love no matter where you want to write! In addition to this new access, Co:Writer Universal now includes momentary topic dictionaries, updated data reporting, and shared settings.
I have the Co:Writer app. What’s different in Co:Writer Universal?
Co:Writer Universal gives you access to Co:Writer across ALL platforms. All writings done in Co:Writer for iOS will now be available in the Chrome App. Your settings and preferences will even be shared no matter where you are writing.
What’s the difference between the Co:Writer Universal App for Chrome™ and Extension for Chrome™?
The app and extension for Chrome™ work together to give students access to just about any writing situation in their Chrome environment. The app has a built in talking word processor and saves student writings. The extension works on websites outside of the Co:Writer environment, including in Google Drive, email, and blogs.
Do I have to be connected to the Internet in order to use Co:Writer Universal?
You will have to be connected to the internet to log into Co:Writer the first time, but then it can be taken offline. Co:Writer will retain your data and sync when it reconnects to the internet.
My students are studying biology and are struggling to spell the technical terms, do you have topic dictionaries that would work for them?
Definitely! Over 4 Million Topic Dictionaries are included in Co:Writer Universal on nearly every topic imaginable from great auk to DNA replication.
How are my writing/documents shared?
Co:Writer for iOS and Chrome App for Chrome include a built-in word processor. That means the content students write is shared right to the cloud. Your writings will automatically sync from the iOS application to the Chrome application without any additional work.
Can Co:Writer Universal be used as a testing accommodation?
Each state has different testing accommodation requirements, but Co:Writer Universal was designed to be flexible enough to meet each one. The features can be set to comply with the state requirements then locked during the test. Not every state allows word prediction (not yet anyway)–but fortunately for students using word prediction, we’re moving in that direction! For a more detailed answer check out our State Testing Help Site page