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“Am I good enough?”

 

 

Difficulties in writing can be devastating to a child’s education and self-esteem. As children progress through school, they are increasingly expected to express what they know about many different subjects through writing. If a child fails to develop certain basic skills, he will be unable to write with the speed and fluency required to excel as these demands increase.

There are a vast number of children who are intelligent – one only has to listen to their conversations to know this – but who are unable to transfer their thoughts down on to paper.
To further confuse this problem, many of them are good readers who enjoy reading, causing both parents and teachers to wonder ‘why is this happening?’

 

Writing is a mental juggling act that depends on automatic deployment of basic skills such as handwriting, spelling, grammar, and punctuation so that the writer can keep track of such concerns as topic, organization, word choice, and audience needs.
Writing problems rarely occur in isolation, and improvements in writing go hand in hand with the development of other non-writing-specific skills such as inattentiveness, poor spatial awareness, or memory problems. (Dr Mel Levine, Developmental Variation and Learning Disorders)

Specific targeted areas I work at for teaching writing:

• Grammar/spelling
• Structure/organisation
• Punctuation
• Purpose/content
• Audience

Other Areas of focus I offer are:

• Attention problems
• Spatial ordering
• Sequential ordering
• Memory
• Language & vocabulary
• Cognitive problems (Generating, elaborating and organising ideas)
• Graphic-motor problems (handwriting)