I begin with an interview and writing sample review, to assess the writer’s challenges, strengths, and goals. Then we set up a project schedule to match. Clients can choose from the following options:
Writers receive customized strategies that they can take home, practice, and apply to future work.
As needed, I meet with parents, teachers, and other providers to coordinate support.
For students attending college out of the area, I am able to set up meetings via phone or video chat.
(3rd grade through college)
How the process works:
Kids are very clever, and they're usually able to come up with "workarounds" for their writing challenges. If a challenge is significant, though, the workaround will eventually fail, as assignments become more and more complex. At this point, students may start to develop anxiety, avoid challenging tasks, and lose confidence. My goal is to help young writers discover problem-solving strategies that work with their learning style, and can be applied beyond the classroom to any task requiring analysis, planning, or communication.
Erika Clowes, Ph.D.