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Pen Pal Projects Mix Learning and Fun For Kids with Special Needs

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By Linda Broatch, M.A.

References

  1. Raskind, M., Stanberry, K., and Margalit, M. (in press) "Social Networking on the Internet for Youth with Learning Disabilities,". Perspectives on Language and Literacy.
  2. Raskind, M., Margalit, M., and Higgins, E.L. (2006) "'My LD': Children's Voices on the Internet,". Learning Disabilities Quarterly, Volume 29, Fall 2006.

Linda Broatch has worked for many years in nonprofit organizations that serve the health and education needs of children. She has an M.A. in education, with a focus in child development.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

11/15/2011:
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12/15/2009:
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06/11/2009:
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05/7/2009:
"Hello! Thank you for your informative article on the pen pal projects for kids with special needs! I wanted to let you and your readers know about the Amazing Kids! PenPals program: http://www.amazing-kids.org/AKPenPals.html The program is run by Amazing Kids!, a children's educational non-profit organization. Unlike the kinds of web-based pen pal programs you mentioned under 'Evaluating Pen Pal Websites for Safety and Privacy,' we offer a unique literacy-based traditional letter-writing program. We match gender to gender and age to age, as well as hobbies and interests (whenever possible). Parents and teachers register their students on our website, but the students write and receive letters via 'snail mail.' Kids especially love getting letters in the mail, while parents and teachers appreciate the fact that the program is helping reinforce literacy skills their children/students are learning in the classroom. The benefit of the Amazing Kids! PenPals program for special needs children is that the teacher or parent can help the child take the time they need to gather their thoughts, and compose their letters to their pen pals. There is no urgent rush to send a quick email, so special needs children have all the time they need to write their letters (most emails usually lack forethought, good grammar and good composition necessary for traditional letter writing.) We welcome inquiries at: penpals@amazing-kids.org Thank you. Alyse Rome Founder/President Amazing Kids! - Helping Kids Realize Their Potential, One Kid at a Time www.amazing-kids.org"
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