Dyslexia Affects Writing, Too

Dyslexia is correctly thought of as a problem with reading. But did you know that it affects writing as well?

Can you spot the common signs of dyslexia in this sample by an 8 year old?

  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling

  • Capitalization – This student does not know that the first word in a sentence needs to be capitalized. She has, however, capitalized B’s and D’s, perhaps to avoid a problem with reversals.
  • Punctuation – She knows that periods are needed but not how to use them. Did you notice the periods at the end of every line?
  • Spelling – This student can spell some short CVC words like hat, cat, and sad. But she missed sounds in end and church. Sight words can be tricky. She spelled was correctly, but missed once and a in the phrase Once upon a Friday.

It is not to say that if your child is a poor speller that he must be dyslexic. But if your child exhibits several more of these signs, it may be time to seek help. Where should you start? Contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with information.