Writing instruction for adolescents with learning disabilities: Programs of intervention research

Linda H. Mason, Steve Graham

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Writing performance for a large number of adolescents, with and without learning disabilities (LD), in the United States is below the level required for success in college and in the world of work. Despite the importance of writing and students' with LD documented difficulties in this academic domain, writing intervention research for adolescents with LD is not as well established as research in other domains, such as reading. Programs of research in writing interventions for adolescents with LD, nevertheless, have provided frameworks for effective instruction for these students. Adapting criteria from Graham and Perin's (2007c) Writing Next report, 40 studies across six programs of research were located for our literature review in writing instruction for adolescents with LD. Based on the findings of these studies, instruction within two levels of support for adolescents with LD are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalLearning Disabilities Research and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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