Dyslexia spells trouble with writing

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Dyslexia spells trouble with writing

Post by JIM CURRAN » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:50 pm

Dyslexia spells trouble with writing

Emma Sumner, Vincent Connelly and Anna Barnett explore how spelling difficulties can constrain the writing of children with dyslexia

It is well known that children with dyslexia struggle with writing in the classroom. While their obvious reading difficulties will have a part to play in this, we know less about how poor and hesitant spelling may constrain the quality of written compositions produced by children with dyslexia. We recently carried out a research study at Oxford Brookes University to investigate this area and found that children with dyslexia produced handwriting at the same speed as their peers but paused for long periods due to poor and hesitant spelling. This led to shorter and more poorly rated written texts and a slower overall speed of writing.

Writing is a complex activity that requires coordinating cognitive, linguistic, and motor processes. Children learn to write from a young age and are expected to be able to integrate a number of related skills, such as spelling, handwriting, and vocabulary. When thinking of the many demands of writing, it is not surprising that children with dyslexia struggle.

Reports of slow handwriting by children with dyslexia exist, although research evidence is inconclusive. The Rose review (2009) suggested that some children with dyslexia experience co-occurring motor problems. However, studies rarely assess general motor skill or the influence of spelling ability on the rate at which handwriting can be produced.

Teachers often express concern that children with dyslexia limit the vocabulary in their writing to simple words that can be more successfully spelled. Surprisingly, there has been little previous research on this selective written vocabulary.

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