For children in elementary school, consider these modifications:
*Alternate the writing assignments. For some assignments, put the emphasis on neatness and spelling and for others on grammar and style. * Help make a checklist for editing written work based on: spelling, neatness, grammar, syntax, clear progression of ideas, and organization. * Encourage writing through low-stress opportunities for writing such as letters, journals, and making shopping lists. * Create a step-by-step plan that breaks writing assignments.
The most important thing to remember is that they are not “lazy” or “sloppy.” They are struggling mightily to do what most other children can do easily.