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Writing is a complex process that involves both the motor aspects of handwriting and the cognitive component of creating or composing written material. This module will focus on assistive technology assessment for the motor aspects of writing.

Specifically, the module will follow the WATI assessment process as it systematically progresses through information gathering, decision-making, and implementation planning. The WATI Assistive Technology Decision-Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions designed to yield information about the student, environment(s), and tasks.

This module is Part I of two parts. Part II, "Writing: Motor Aspects - WATI - Part II," will further explore tools for writing.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 25 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. List and describe five motor aspects of writing.
  2. Describe the characteristics of students who may benefit from AT for the motor aspects of writing.
  3. Describe the first three components and supporting tools of the WATI AT assessment process, including referral, information gathering, and decision-making.
  4. Identify resources for gaining a deeper understanding of AT for the mechanics of writing.

Module Authors

Cindy Nankee OTR/L, ATP

Cindy is an assistive technology consultant and a registered occupational therapist. Her background includes 25+ years as a school-based OT, 9 years with Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI), and 5 years as the committee chairperson for the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan Conference.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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