Improving the writing skills of students with learning disabilities: Are word processors with spelling and grammar checkers useful?

A study involving 106 elementary and secondary students with learning disabilities and 97 typical peers found that students who used spelling and grammar checkers were more successful than transition group students in reducing mechanical errors, particularly non-real-word spelling errors, and in making positive changes from first to final drafts.

Author: 
Lewis, R. B., Ashton, T. M., Haapa, B., Kieley, C. L., Fielden, C.
Year: 
1999
Source: 
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 9, 87-98.
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
writing
IDEA Disability Category: 
specific learning disability
Instructional Support: 
practice and reinforcement activities