One additional note: Children in elementary school onward will be given city-and state-wide exams that use prompts in the writing sections (the children are supposed to use the prompt as a jumping off point and compose a narrative story that is interesting and rich in detail). This is a major stumbling block for children with disorders of written expression. While researching this newsletter, we came across a truly valuable book by Barbara Mariconda called The Most Wonderful Writing Lessons Ever. It deconstructs the entire process and helps children and adults understand the building blocks that make up good narrative writing. Though the book is advertised for grades 2-4, it is used in high schools, and teachers and parents will find this book particularly helpful.