For reluctant writers, video games, fantasy, and science fiction can be better writing prompts than the standard fare. Using the computer, students can picture events first, then add in words.
In our work, we have also seen some children with fairly hefty language disabilites really excel on challenging computer games. Sometimes computers are the best way for them to express their ideas or analytical ability without being limited by words. Sometimes even parents are surprised by their skills. It seems that lack of verbal ability is often mistaken for lack of intelligence.
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