Low-Tech Writing Supports

Writing is a task that students are required to do from early childhood classes through graduation. While some students require high-tech supports, many students benefit from simple, low-tech aids to be successful writers. Many of these are available in classrooms already and can be used or adapted as Assistive Technology supports for writing.

A pencil with 4 pencil grips

Pencil grips

For a student who struggles with fine-motor skills, a simple pencil grip can assist the student in grasping the writing tool.


4 three ring binders. one pink, one white, one yellow, and one with polka dots

Slant Board

A slanted flat surface upon which writing paper is placed to enable an easier angle for seeing and writing. This can be as simple as a binder placed in front of the student, or can be a slant board purchased specifically for this purpose.

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Raised line paper

Writing paper can be purchased or created with lines that are raised off of the paper to create a slight barrier to the writing utensil. This aids in the formation of legible letters.


an open dictionary page

Dictionary

A paper dictionary or thesaurus is a writing tool students can use for spelling words or finding alternate words.

a single page of paper with blue lines

Wide line paper

Paper can be purchased or created with wider lines to allow for additional writing space.


a blue three ring binder with a graphic organizer that is 4 ovals with lines for writing.

Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers become assistive technology when they are necessary for a student to organize ideas prior to writing. This method is taught in many classrooms but can also be used across all areas to support writing.