How to Write Easy Essays and Painless Prose

Half of all kids with ADHD struggle with writing, which can make every assignment — from straightforward worksheets to full-length essays — feel like torture. Boost your child's skills with these 18 strategies for school and home.

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High-Tech Writing Helpers for ADHD Kids

Portable word processor
These battery-operated devices look like a computer keyboard with a small calculator screen. Lightweight and durable, portable word processers can be used at school for note-taking and writing assignments. Back home, files can be transferred to a PC or Mac. Basic models cost about $20.

Speech-recognition software
Also called speech-to-text software, these programs allow students to read aloud into a microphone and see their words appear on a computer screen. Good programs include Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Preferred ($199), for PCs and MacSpeech Dictate ($199), for Macs.

Word-prediction software
Software such as Co:Writer Solo ($325) helps with spelling and builds vocabulary, providing a drop-down list of words from which a student can choose. It also fills in words to speed composition. Some programs read sentences aloud, so the writer can hear what he has written and catch mistakes as they occur.

Electronic spell-checkers and dictionaries
Enter a word phonetically, and these portable gadgets define the word and provide the correct spelling. Talking devices read the words aloud. Franklin Electronics offers models beginning at about $20.

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