Anna Swenson offers tips for teaching students who are blind or visually impaired to develop writing skills in this article: Beyond Braillewriter Mechanics: Guidelines for Teaching Writing
- Plan writing activities that are motivating to children and have a purpose.
- Become familiar with the stages of children’s writing.
- Understand that “effective writing instruction is a scaffolded collaboration between teachers and students”.
- Let children see that you, too, are a writer.
- Most important: Always respond first to the child’s written message, not the mechanics, sentence structure, or grammar.
These ideas are excerpted from the new book: Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy, Second Edition