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Peter said 'I am a writer!'

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Student Peter
Age 10
Year
School Primary

Peter’s school receives ongoing and reviewable resourcing schemes (ORRS) funding of 2.5 hours per week and 7.5 hours teacher aide time per week to support Peter’s learning. Peter has difficulty writing because of cerebral palsy.

The effects of epilepsy on his knowledge retention are not yet fully understood. During the past three years, he has learned to recognise a base of 17 sight words. Some days he can remember most of them, on other days he cannot remember how to spell his name. Although the examples in this learning story are handwritten, Peter now uses his own computer to produce stories within the classroom, as it is easier for him to type than to write. Peter is using a computer program (Clicker 5) which has text, accompanied by pictures, to remind him of what he has written. Over the 14-month period in which this string occurs, Peter had four changes of teacher. Those people who live and work with Peter recognise that he does not cope well with change.


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