Learning disorders affecting a child's writing ability
Although a large number of learning disorders do exist, I have selected a few that, I feel, have the greatest impact on a child's ability to write effectively.
All of my reading thus far indicates that there is no magic pill for any of the disorders. There are, however, treatments or interventions for all of them and they have a common thread.
I'll overview the treatments in general way because neither I nor you are in any position to properly diagnose and prescribe a solution for any child. That must be left to the medical experts.
The treatments for many learning disorders focus on adjustments regarding the child's environment, family support, use of exercises, specialized teaching methods and verbal clarifications.
Dyslexia has to do with the recognition of words, numerals, symbols and even sounds. It is certainly different for each child. When Dyslexia is diagnosed it is often found to be in a person of above average intelligence. Sadly, in days gone by, children were held back in school as simply being slow, which was far from the truth. Things are different now.
If Dyslexia is identified early, there is ample time to apply modified teaching methods and mental exercises to improve the child's condition. Good family support plays a large role in ongoing treatment. Learn more about
Dysnomia involves a disfunction of short-term memory to the point that children have a hard time remembering words, names and even things they did just moments ago. Recall of terms and facts is affected, making studying difficult.
Dysnomia is often treated using mental exercises like word matching puzzles and often learning quizzes to help regain or at east strengthen the short-term memory. Learn more about
Dyscalculia is probably what most of us thought was Dyslexia. This is the one that deals more with sequences in many forms, and that includes transposing letters, numbers and schedules. The most common difficulty is in handling calculations because of an inability to deal with mathematical symbols and functions.
It is often treated using math-oriented exercises to train the mind in repetitive sequencing and step-wise calculations. Check out this
informative Dyscalculia site
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Dyscalculia treatment method.
Visual and Auditory Perceptual Disorders refer to misinterpretations of information received through the senses of sight and hearing. Consider the many visual and sound cues you get during the day. A raised eyebrow, a stern command or a calm, loving response to your question. Imagine that you misread each of them. That would create a large amount of confusion.
Sometimes adjusting the media used can offer some benefit, such as books with larger text, reducing and focussing sound sources etc. Learn more at
Verbal clarifications may be provided to help with any mis-interpretation. The sense of being out of place in this case would be awful and very difficult to deal with.
And finally, for this short list, the Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD) is a mis-interpretation of non-verbal signals, let's say from the other senses, like touch. Imagine not understanding the meaning behind a gentle touch on the hand, or another person's shrugged shoulders or even a brisk turn away from you.
It has been said that over 60% of our communications is non-verbal. That leaves a startling amount open to interpretation... or mis-interpretation. Here's more on
This just scratches the surface of the many disorders that can affect a child and their ability to function properly let alone write a convincing short story.
How often is a child mis-diagnosed, or not diagnosed at all? How much of this uncontrolled behaviour leads to impatience on their part or on the part of a parent or teacher? I would suggest that if any of these ailments sound like something your child may be experiencing, you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
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