Aug 042013
 

If your child is struggling to make adequate yearly progress with handwriting, you can write strong IEP goals to insure your child is “on track” with his handwriting.

With schools often dragging their feet, you absolutely MUST be ready to write measurable IEP goals so you AND your child’s school will KNOW whether your child is making adequate yearly progress.

How do you write strong, measurable goals?.. Keep reading!


If you have a child with handwriting difficulties, specifically dysgraphia, you need to set specific, measurable goals for your child to develop handwriting skills.

Often a component of learning to write well requires a period of “copying”. Copying texts eliminates the massive brain processes required to think of what to write, hold it in mind and get it onto paper.

When copying, your child can focus solely on the process of writing itself, so copying skills are great for the IEP of a child with dysgraphia or handwriting difficulties, whether the child is learning to write or use a keyboard.

Given your child has handwriting or written expression difficulties, you can use the example IEP goals for writing below as references.  Use the basic concept and measureability of the goal samples to create goals that match your child’s current needs and abilities.

Here are some example, MEASURABLE ANNUAL GOALS:

Given typical 5th grade written texts, [Child's name] will copy texts using a Typing Program or word processor with speed tracking capability at 60 characters per minute with fewer than 2 keystroke errors per 100 characters typed.

Given the characters on the home row, [Child's name] will use touch-typing skills (not looking at the keyboard or his fingers) to copy varied strings of the home row characters a, s, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, and ; at 60 c.p.m. with 95% accuracy.
Successful completion on 10 consecutive tries

Given the alphabet, [Child's name] will utilize correct finger placement, and without looking at his hands or the keys, [Child's name] will touch type all letters of the alphabet in order with no errors and will demonstrate this ability across all settings. [Child's name] will demonstrate successful completion on 10 consecutive tries

Using the Type To Learn program (or any other similar software), [Child's name] will type copied words with 95% accuracy in all settings at a rate of:
· 30 characters per minute (c.p.m.) by November
· 40 characters per minute (c.p.m.) by February
· 50 characters per minute (c.p.m.) by March

Given typical 5th grade expressive writing assignments, [Child's name] will directly type his thoughts into a typing program / word processor at 60 characters per minute while maintaining readability.

ANNUAL GOAL Given classroom copying tasks from any media, [Child's name] will accurately copy 60 characters per minute while maintaining 97% accuracy (fewer than 3 copying errors per 100 characters) and will demonstrate this ability across all settings.

Given near-point copying tasks, [Child's name] will accurately copy with fewer than 3 copying errors per 100 characters copied:
· 30 characters per minute by October
· 40 characters per minute by January
· 50 characters per minute by March
· 60 characters per minute by May

Given far-point copying tasks, [Child's name] will accurately copy with fewer than 3 copying errors per 100 characters copied:
· 30 characters per minute by October
· 40 characters per minute by January
· 50 characters per minute by March
· 60 characters per minute by May

Given new information in content areas, [Child's name] will accurately use graphic organizers and templates to record information for far-point copying (vocabulary and organizers will be provided prior to copy task)

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