Writing Lab Outreach Project
c/o Nickola Nelson

1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5355

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Presentations and Publications

The Writing Lab Approach to Language Instruction and Intervention

Adelia M. Van Meter, M.S., CCC-SLP
Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Western Michigan University

Download this sample handout from a workshop presentation PDF.. It shows the components of the writing lab approach and case studies illustrating its implementation with individual children with a variety of special needs.


Curriculum-Based Language Assessment and Intervention for School-Aged Children and Adolescents

Written Language Changes for Students in Inclusive Classroom Intervention

Nickola Wolf Nelson & Adelia M. Van Meter
Western Michigan University

Christine M. Bahr
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana

Download a handout combining slides from a variety of presentations and several publications that provide graphic evidence of change experience by typically developing children and children with special needs during their participation in writing lab activities in inclusive classroom settings working on team-taught curriculum-based writing activities two to three hours per week PDF.. All children received the same instruction. Children with special needs received additional individualized goals and objectives, with intervention scaffolding provided by the authors and our graduate students or former workshop participants. The profiles on these slides represent data from periodic 60 minute original story probes written at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. In most cases, they support a conclusion that all students experienced growth. Without a randomized control group, however, it is impossible to credit the writing lab activities as being solely responsible for this growth. The best evidence from this type of real-world effectiveness research comes from the data for the children with special needs, whose profiles came closer to matching those of typical developing students. The fact that children with special needs came closer to their peers, rather than losing ground, or staying on a parallel but lower level track (as indicated by a wide body of research) supports the conclusion that the writing lab interventions contributed to language development that otherwise would not have occurred.

Publications & Presentations Bibliography

Download a list of publications and presentations that have been made by WLOP project faculty related to this work. MS Word Document.


Photo: Children in a classroom.

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