When a disability impacts a student’s ability to write, a student may request permission to use the word-processing function of a computer to write essays and short-answer responses.All three kinds of knowledge — basic phonics knowledge, word-specific knowledge, and morphological knowledge — need to be addressed in spelling instruction. Spelling: Development, disability, and instruction. However, they are frequently misunderstood as “crutches.” As Johnson and Myklebust pointed out in their seminal text on learning disabilities in 1967, we find it acceptable in our society to allow golfers to have handicaps to level the playing field, but somehow we find it unacceptable to give accommodations to students with learning disabilities.
A dyslexic student in the general classroom may encounter various obstacles that hinder his/her academic potential.
Addressing spelling difficulties is important, because poor spelling can hamper writing and can convey a negative impression even when the content of the writing is excellent.