Curriculum Studies

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Tips and Strategies to Enhance Handwriting Instruction for Young Gifted Children

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 209 A

Young gifted learners may display asynchronous development, as in a case when fine motor skills lag behind one's intellectual growth. Fine motor delays contribute to difficulties with handwriting. Since one's handwriting progress is known to propel other writing competencies, it is important that young gifted learners receive handwriting help that is both prompt and congruent with their gifted needs. The presenter draws from research literature and classroom practice to highlight effective handwriting practices, curriculum integration ideas, and assistive technology considerations. Take-away skills include recognizing red flags, bringing handwriting interventions in line with other gifted needs, reducing boredom and frustration, identifying the place for technology, and professional collaboration.

Elena McLaughlin

Doctoral Student, gifted resource teacher
Florida Atlantic University/Seminole County Schools

Elena McLaughlin is a special education teacher currently working with gifted populations in an elementary school in Florida. Elena's professional journey began in 2002 in South Florida, when she was hired as a community language facilitator to help students adopted from Russia to transition to American schools. Upon becoming a teacher, Elena McLaughlin continued her academic coursework, and she is now concentrating on her dissertation in the field of exceptional student education (ESE) at Florida Atlantic University. Elena's academic interests include effective gifted programming, best practices in inclusion, professional collaboration, and literacy instruction. Elena enjoys attending and presenting at professional conferences, and writing on a variety of educational topics.

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