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Co:Writer is our word prediction software that works in conjunction with any application you write in like MS Word, Web Browsers, Google Docs, Blogs, Email, and more. As you type, Co:Writer interprets spelling and grammar mistakes and offers word suggestions in real time. 

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Featured Research and Case Studies (view all)


Research Study Shows Increased Writing Gains when Technology is Paired with Instruction. Read Case Study.


Teaching Words as Symbols for Students with Autism. Read Case Study.


Transforming Students’ Writing and Communication Skills with Word Prediction. Read Case Study.


Frank’s Story. Frank used Co:Writer to create a recipe cookbook for his family. Read Case Study.


Using Software to Enhance the Writing Skills of Students with Special Needs. Read Case Study.

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Amy’s Co:Writer Review
By Amy Ackerman, Kansas

Version: Co:Writer 6. Product Setting: Self-contained classroom. Skill Development: Aiding students who have trouble getting their thoughts on paper.

This product has been quite helpful to my students. Seeing the words and being able to hear them helps the students make sure their writing makes sense. CoWriter has also helped one of my students to become more motivated to write because it can predict the best course for his thoughts to follow.

Hindie Becker Dershowitz and Durinda Gardner of Katy ISD Texas
Video Testimonial – Co:Writer

Hindie and Durinda share several (before and after writing) samples using Co:Writer word prediction. Check out the transformation their students have made with this assistive technology writing accommodation. (5:51)
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Theresa Peduto, New York Educational Consultant
Video Testimonial – Co:Writer

Theresa shares her son’s personal story in live video. Her “now-adult” son used one of our first editions of Co:Writer to combat his writing struggles as an early learner and is now a successful author and writer. (2:57)
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Pam and Heather talk about ‘goosebump’ moments for students who use Co:Writer at school and at home. (0:41)
Pam Quattlebaum Assistive Technology Specialist
Heather Radlmann OT, Technology Specialist
AT Teacher
Video Testimonial – Co:Writer

Product Setting: Resource. Skill Development: Increase written output.

This product works great. You are able to change font size and colors of text and background. It is easy to use and helps the students find the correct word. I love the options of going word by word or sentences into the word processor. Very good program for those needing writing support.
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Linda’s Co:Writer Review
By Linda Davies, New Hampshire

Version: Co:Writer 6. Product Setting: Home, school, work setting. Skill Development: My daughter has autism this will improve her reading, writing and organize her thoughts when writing.

My daughter has been so frustrated not being able to have the freedom to write her own thoughts. She has always used a scribe. Now she has that freedom. The first time she trialed the product her face lit up and she said I love it. I can now write my stories.

Matt’s Co:Writer Review
By reviewer from Colorado

Version: Co:Writer. Product Setting: Special Education Reading & Writing. Skill Development: Improve writing outcomes for students with identified needs.

I’m currently using Co:Writer in my 5th grade literacy and writing groups. The students love the program and their written expression has improved significantly when SOLO is being used. My biggest success story, however, and the reason I love using this program as an accommodation is because of one 5th grader in particular. I have a student with Autism who has wonderful oral expression, but struggles tremendously with putting his words down on paper. Often, this student will become frustrated with spelling and trying to think of words to use in his writing. His frustrations often become violent and physical towards himself, students, and his teachers. After training him on Co:Writer, we have seen a significant decrease in these behaviors and his frustration during this block of time. His teacher has reported that he is able to write a whole paragraph and participate in the general curriculum with this accommodation. Before, this student hated writing, constantly would try to escape or avoid writing, say over and over that he can’t do it, and more than often meltdown because it could take him anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to write one complete sentence about a given topic. I wouldn’t say that he loves writing today, but he is now able to participate, is more confident in his abilities, and is making huge gains; I attribute all of these things to your wonderful assistive technology! It’s just fantastic to see a student who has struggled so long in the general curriculum being able to not only participate with his peers, but also gain confidence in his work! Finally something that works!

The Data Says it All
By Daniel Cochrane, Illinois

Version: Co:Writer 6.0.1. Product Setting: General ed classroom. Skill Development: Improve writing for student with dysgraphia.

The data speaks louder than words! I got this from an occupational therapist today: “The 3rd grader at [school] did his Local assessment on Co:Writer yesterday……had a full 8 sentence paragraph with sentence lengths varying from 7-15 words! The teacher was totally amazed. The last local he barely completed 2 sentences. And he LOVED using the program!

Jan’s Co:Writer Review
By Jan Tuber, California

Version: Co:Writer 6.0.1. Product Setting: Demo and Preview Center. Skill Development: Improve writing ease, speed,vocabulary retrieval, and output for students with learning challenges.

I love the look of the new version. Much less clutter on the desktop and more mature interface. Love the word lists and the new options menu. Kudos for great improvements on the newest version!

What a Difference an Upgrade Makes!
By Carla Tobergte, Ohio

Version: Co:Writer 6.0.1. Product Setting: Separate facility for school-age students with developmental disabilities. Skill Development: Assist student with spelling and with slowing down their typing so they don’t make so many errors; assist student with writing and reading.

We have used the original version of Co:Writer since it first came out on the floppy disks. It didn’t always work for adding vocabulary frequently used and it had some trouble with working consistently but for the most part it was a much-needed program for a couple students who would not have been able to even think about writing on their own without it. We just upgraded to Co:Writer 6 and it makes a world of difference in ease of use. We easily added new vocabulary specific to our situation (handchimes is not a common vocabulary word but we have a handchime choir and need that word in our vocabulary list). It installed easily and was ready to use right away. The benefits were 1st rate with the writing being done in the word processor and the list of predicted words being readily available and easy to reference. One very nice feature is the ability to change the background color that the predicted words are on. It was easy to make the list stand out with the background color. We’ve just begun using it today so we have a lot more to find out about it but, in one session with one student the benefits of having the upgraded product are tremendous!

WOW!!!
By Laura Martins, Iowa

Version: Co:Writer 6. Product Setting: general education classroom. Skill Development: Increased written output, improve writing outcomes for a student with written language disability.

The student I am using Co:Writer Version 6 with used to be so frustrated during classroom writing activities. He would shut down and cry and sometimes even have to be removed from the classroom. It was obvious that writing was very difficult and very stressful for him. He then began to use Co:Writer and Write:OutLoud Version 5. While it provided much support and his writing improved, there often seemed to be technical difficulties that made using the computer frustrating for the student. For example, there were times when the document would simply disappear or words he was selecting in the word window would not insert into his document. We were able to get our hands on a Version 6 and this has changed everything. The student is now writing daily with no difficulties. He is even able to interface Co:Writer with several on-line applications such as kidblog.org! Now he is able to add a classroom entry just like everyone else in his class. He is thrilled that what shows up on the Web looks like what everyone else is writing…minimal spelling errors, etc. No one even knows he is using Co:Writer while he is blogging…it’s just that slick! Thank you Don Johnston for all of the hard work you put in to this greatly improved version of an already fantastic program!

Cathy’s Co:Writer Review
By reviewer from Colorado

Version: Co:Writer 6. Product Setting: Inclusion classroom/ evaluation.

I recently took this product out to evaluate a student with dyslexia. He struggles with writing at a first grade level, he is in 5th grade. He knows what he wants to write but can’t spell. With Co:Writer in place he quickly used words he doesn’t normally use in his writing. I really appreciate how clean and clear this new version is. It is much easier for our distractable students to tune in to one box and not have many options around the screen.

Co:Writer Helps Students Soar!
By Cherie Ayala, Texas

Version: Co:WriterSE. Product Setting: Lab English Class. Skill Development: Writing for students with MR, AU, ED.

Students feel successful with being able to write without any help from the teacher. Student goes from struggling with and complaining about writing one sentence to writing stories.

Tricia’s Co:Writer Review
By Reviewer from California

Version: Co:WriterSE. Product Setting: Self-contained classroom. Skill Development: Improve written production for student experiencing emotional disturbance.

This year, I have a student who has a history of removing himself from the class rather than face the task of writing. As I understand it, he spent much of his time in elementary school out of his homeroom in the resource center avoiding written production. As he is highly anxious whenever he is required to reflect his thoughts in writing, he shut down whenever he was asked to put pencil to paper. However, with the installation of Co:Writer onto a computer in his homeroom, this student has remained in class and is producing written product on pace with his peers. When required to write, he simply goes to the computer, composes his thoughts (using Co:Writer) and generates work that not only matches his intellectual mastery of the concept but is also commensurate with that of his peers.

Barbara’s Co:Writer Review
Barbara Stimson, Colorado

Version: Co:WriterSE. Product Setting: Inclusion classroom. Skill Development: Improved independent writing for students with mild cognitive delays and/or autism.

The product is a great follow-up for Edmark 2. We use it to begin the writing process for those who are just beginning to recognize the phonetic process using initial sounds.

Co:Writer 6 Review
By reviewer from Colorado

Version: Co:Writer 6. Product Setting: Special Education Classroom. Skill Development: Improve writing for students who struggle in writing.

We have been having trouble getting the voices working consistently when we highlight specific sentences or words in a word document. This has been frustrating students and causing them to not want to use Co:Writer.

Fixed: Problem resolve is posted here.

FME Co:Writer 6
Chrissy Fast, Colorado

Version: Co:Writer 6. Product Setting: Resource Classroom. Skill Development: Improve writing outcomes for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

My students love the smaller text window. It doesn’t take up as much space and they like the option of moving it around the screen. They also like the different voices and ability to have them read the whole document or just a sentence at a time.

Lisa’s Co:Writer Review
Lisa Shallenburger, Colorado

Version: Co:Writer SE. Product Setting: Pull out/Classroom. Skill Development: Improving writing outcomes, organization, spelling.

Our students are able to create more content because of the word prediction. Spelling is no longer a concern or a frustration!!

Chrissy’s Co:Writer Review
By Reviewer from Colorado

Version: Co:Writer SE. Product Setting: Resource classroom. Skill Development: Improve writing outcomes for students with reading, writing, and spelling issues.

I have my students use Co:Writer in my classroom on a weekly basis to type up their paragraphs. This program is very useful for my students who have a very difficult time producing a written product manually. For the most part, my students really enjoy Co:Writer and it has helped improve their quality of writing as well as amount of writing they produce. However, they become very frustrated when we run into glitches with Co:Writer. One glitch we have encounter numerous times is when they type their sentence, hit the period, and instead of the sentence showing up on their word document it disappears and they have to type it again. Sometimes we can’t get the sentence to show up no matter how many times they retype the sentence. We have to log out and try again the next day.

Lana’s Co:Writer Review
By Reviewer from Colorado

Version: Co:Writer SE. Product Setting: Inclusion classroom. Skill Development: Used to improve reading and writing outcomes for student with dyslexia.

After using Co:Writer for one half of the school year, this student gained the skills and confidence necessary to write paragraphs independently. He became confident in his ability to put his own words on paper.

Cathy’s Co:Writer Review
By Della McCarville, Colorado

Version: Co:Writer SE. Product Setting: Self contained classroom. Skill Development: Improve written output. Student has great stories but has difficulty writing them.

Co:Writer has helped a number of our students be successfull with written output.

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