Metacognition and Assistive Technology

Metacognition is a process that relates to the knowledge that we have of our own strategies and the control that we are able to exert over these strategies in order to solve problems more efficiently. Metacognition is a high-level executive function that draws on our ability to reflect on what we know in order to understand how we function and assess our approach to learning. It is one of the best predictors of school success (Dévolvé, 2005), as well as overall autonomy. Yet, for students with learning disabilities (LDs), this process may not come naturally. Word prediction software could be very useful in this process, and this article provides additional strategies to help develop this very important skill.