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Writing Skills Development Project

Attention, Memory, and Executive Functions in Written Language Expression in Elementary School Children, known as The Writing Skills Development Project, is a research project looking at how children develop writing skills. Children will join the study in 1st grade and will be followed for 4 years (through 4th grade). Learning to write is an important part of a child's education. This study will help to further the understanding of: how children learn to write; how writing is different for children who have learning problems; what factors affect a child's ability to learn to write; and strategies that may improve writing skills. Children who participate in the Writing Skills Development Project will receive an assessment of language and reasoning skills once a year for 4 years; will receive a small "thank you" gift; and may receive additional writing instruction each year for the 4 years of the study. Parents of participants will receive a written summary of their child's participation in the project. The Writing Skills Development Project is funded by the Institute for Educational Science of the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, please contact: Stephen.Hooper, Ph.D., Psychology

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