• Writing: A person with writing difficulties may have one or more of the following struggles:

     

    Poor handwriting/writing illegibly:

    • does not follow lines on paper;
    • writes too small or too large;
    • writes too light or too hard;
    • pencil grip incorrect;
    • does not visually track writing;
    • Writes letters or numbers backwards or upside down;
    • Mixes capital and lower case letters inappropriately

    Poor spelling skills:

    • spells phonetically and cannot remember patterns;
    • spells words differently in the same document;
    • reverses letters in spelling;
     
    Difficulty with copying or completing work on a printed page:
    • difficulty copying from a board;
    • difficulty copying from a book or other printed material;
    • difficulty filling out forms;
    • difficulty completing bubble answer sheets;
    • difficulty completing fill-in-blank worksheets;
     
    Difficulty taking notes from oral presentation:
    • unable to write homework assignments correctly;
    • writing is too slow to get lecture points on paper;
    • takes notes but unable to distinguish important information from extraneous information;
    • reverses or ignores numbers,parts of sentences, and/or whole words when taking notes;
     
    May have problems with grammar, syntax and organization:
    • demonstrates inconsistent memory for sentence mechanics (e.g., lack of punctuation and capitalization);
    • persistent problems with sentence structure (sentences may be incomplete or syntax may be incorrect or disassociated);
    • does not have all parts of a well organized paragraph (topic and supporting sentences, transitional sentence)
     
    Demonstrates writing skills inconsistent with verbal abilities:
    • writes short and/or simple essays even though he can verbalize more complex thought;
    • can verbalize answers to tests but written answers are wrong, left blank, or incomplete;
    • oral vocabulary more complex than written vocabulary
Last Modified on July 25, 2019