Is your child’s writing difficult to read?
Does your child’s writing look sloppy and like he is not really trying?
Halfway through kindergarten my son’s teacher asked to speak with me. While the other students in kindergarten were writing one to two sentences my son was barely able to put down two to three words on paper. It was nearly impossible to decipher what was my son was writing. Not only were his letters poorly formed, and not resting on the lines on the paper, but the letters that he was choosing to put down did not form words.
My son was also having challenges with early reading skills. He started the school year off strong. He could read simple three letter words in families like hat, cat and sat. But once the reading included simple sight words, and other words that were supposed to be sounded out, my son started struggling. His kindergarten teacher told me she was frustrated. She had tried everything to motivate him to read and write, but no matter the method my son spent twice as long as his peers and produced little to no work.
Dysgraphia is a fancy word used to describe an extreme difficulty with expressing thoughts in written form and the mechanical act of writing. Dysgraphia is considered a learning disability in written expression. Someone with Dysgraphia may not be able to recognize some or all of the written alphabet letters, write letters or words, or understand the relationship between sounds, words, and written letters. Someone with Dysgraphia will have an extremely difficult time writing, until the skills involved in both the motor production of writing and the skills involved in expressing thoughts in written form are appropriately addressed.
In my next article I will go into detail about the symptoms you may be seeing.
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