Written Language Services

Strategy Instruction in Writing

Effective strategy instruction can minimize resource demands by explicitly scaffolding components of the writing process (planning, writing, and revising). The Write Turn was developed after years of research and implementation. It is a unique writing program that incorporates language processing skills, the FIX Strategy (a research-based revising strategy), and self-regulation strategies designed for students of all ages, regardless of their achievement level. The FIX Strategy provides the building blocks and tools students need to improve the quality of their essays and become successful writers. The Write Turn is a research-based writing program that goes beyond a typical writer's workshop. Students are introduced to strategies that help improve:

  • Planning, writing, and revising skills
  • Working memory
  • Language processing and visual imagery skills that improve sentence/paragraph writing
  • Brainstorming, categorization, and organizational skills
  • Annotating text for more detailed and complex sentences
  • Written language formulation, sentence-combining, and writing grammatically correct sentences
  • Self-regulation skills to internalize strategies (goal setting, self-instruction, self-monitoring, and self-reinforcement)

Professional Development

The Write Turn provides comprehensive training to schools, teachers, SLPs, and tutors through in-person seminars as well as live and recorded webinars.

The Write Turn's research-based strategies and instructional methods provide educators with the tools they need to help their students become more proficient writers. This four-hour professional instruction provides:

  • Comprehensive training in the FIX revising strategy and methods for self-regulation
  • Strategies for brainstorming and categorizing ideas
  • Strategies for annotating text and choosing annotations for essay writing
  • Mnemonics and graphic organizers that help students transfer their ideas into sentences
  • Hands-on training and worksheets for every genre (narrative, expository, persuasive, and informative)
  • The option to purchase a subscription that provides practice worksheets, instructional videos, lesson plans that meet the Common Core, and additional teacher resources

Register for our Professional Development Webinar

Group Summer Writing Sessions

Small group sessions (4:1 student to teacher ratio) are offered during the summer. The Write Turn provides 20 hours of specialized and explicit instruction in a researched-based writing program that goes beyond a typical writer's workshop. Students are introduced to strategies for every genre of writing (story, expository, persuasive, and informative).

Pre- and post-instruction data from Summer 2020


Average # of 
words/story
Average # of 
words/essay
Average # of
revisions
Overall Quality
(scale of 1-5)
 Pre-instruction

110

111 1.31

2.7

 Post-instruction

378

394

21

4.6

Individual Writing Sessions

Individual sessions are offered throughout the summer and during the school year. Individual sessions are perfect for students who:

  • benefit from one-on-one instruction to work on specific genres and goals
  • want to incorporate strategies into their schoolwork
  • are former clients and need a few additional sessions to refresh skills
  • have a paper due over the summer or during the school year

Contact usif you have any questions or would like to schedule individual sessions.

Other Services
Speech-Language Services
  • We provide comprehensive speech-language evaluations for individuals with expressive/receptive language deficits or with language-based learning disabilities that impact reading, writing, and spelling.
  • We provide services for students with expressive and receptive language deficits in any of the following areas:
    • phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics
    • language formulation
    • use of vocabulary and word retrieval
    • attention
    • memory
    • executive function
    • following directions
    • understanding vocabulary
    • literacy (reading, writing, spelling)
  • Consultation services are provided to professionals and parents on effective strategies for improving vocabulary knowledge, written language, as well as expressive and receptive language skills.
  • We provide supervision for speech-language pathologists during their Clinical Fellowship Year.
  • Contact us if you are interested in speech-language services or have any questions.

Reading Intervention
  • We provide evaluations and intervention for students with deficits in reading and spelling.
  • We use reading therapy programs based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles. Programs include:
    • Phono-Graphix Reading Instruction and Intervention Program
    • Wilson Reading System and Wilson Language Training
  • We provide strategies that improve reading comprehension and reading fluency. Strategies and methods include:
    • Visual imagery training
    • Annotation strategies that improve reading comprehension
    • Strategies to develop in-depth knowledge of vocabulary
    • Read Naturally
  • Contact us if you are interested in reading intervention or have any questions.

Telepractice Services

Telepractice sessions (individual or group) are offered for students from 4th grade through college throughout the summer and during the school year. Students can receive instruction anywhere they have access to the internet and a computer or tablet. Telepractice sessions are offered for all our services: writing, reading, spelling, and speech-language.

If you have any questions or are interested in remote sessions, please contact us for more information and to schedule telepractice sessions.

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