Graphic Organizers are sometimes called concept maps or mind maps, but whatever they are called, their purpose is to provide an organized visual diagram that shows relationships between thoughts, concepts, and the written word. Graphic Organizers are available for all different levels from Kindergarten to adult learners, and can be effective writing strategies for students with learning disabilities.
My very bright 13 year old granddaughter has a great deal of trouble putting her thoughts down on paper. She has ADD and makes excellent grades but when it comes to answering a question that requires her to write down her thoughts, she has a very hard time. It can take her hours to write just a sentence or two. Once on a test at school, she simply wrote nothing. She did fine on the rest of the test but not on the writing requirement. This happens both at school and home. What can I do to help my granddaughter be more able to put her thoughts into writing?