If your child is struggling with reading, writing, or language, it is always important to listen to your instincts. If you feel like your child’s abilities are not being met, or she is not achieving up to her full potential, get more information. You can talk to your child’s teacher, pediatrician, or psychologist. Many times neuropsychological evaluations, when done by a Clinical Psychologist or other Learning Disability specialists can be very helpful in terms of understanding you, your child, or your adolescent/young adult. Evaluations can also provide accommodations to help advocate for her in the school system.
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Does your child have messy handwriting? Does s/he seem unmotivated or uncooperative when asked to complete written assignments? Does your child have great ideas, but seems to compromise creative ideas by writing in concrete or simplistic sentences.? Many children with these concerns are diagnosed with Dysgraphia, or a Disorder of Written Expression. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has published the following table regarding signs and symptoms of Dysgraphia:
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Handwriting often seems like a long-lost art. When I was in school, it was a class, just like spelling or reading. I practiced and practiced my letters, particularly when we got to cursive writing. I remember having to take home extra work to practice being neater in my work, and how important it was to […]
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