When we give our students the tools they need to write, they develop more positive attitudes about writing. Students with disabilities need visuals and supports to guide them through the writing process. I found this simple graphic organizer in Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom, then tweaked it to suit my needs, to support students while brainstorming. When I write, I don’t necessarily think sequentially. I throw my ideas down on paper as they come to mind. Later, I go back to fully develop and order my thoughts.
Have your students jot down their ideas in basic sentences. Then allow them to go back and number (#) their ideas to form a nice flow. Next, cut them apart and sequence in the order they chose. Anything that doesn’t belong can be discarded. Students should then edit their sentences. Finally, tape the sentences together and have students either rewrite or type on a word processor. This process would also work great for assignments requiring multiple paragraphs.