Dyslexia is considered a language based learning disorder and is thought of as a reading disability but it also impacts a student's ability to write. There is often a large discrepancy between what a student thinks and can tell you orally and what he can write down on paper. Besides frequent spelling errors, some of the ways dyslexia affects writing skills – essays are written as one paragraph with several long run-on sentences, using little punctuation, including not capitalizing the first word in a sentence or using end punctuation and cramming information on the page rather than spreading out. Odd or no spacing between words is another typical sign of dyslexia. Many students with dyslexia show sign of dysgraphia including having illegible handwriting and taking a long time to write assignments and form letters in addition to this. Students with dyslexia spend so much time and effort writing the words, the meaning behind the words can be lost as with reading. Added to difficulties in organizing and sequencing information, writing paragraphs, essays and reports is time consuming and frustrating. They may jump around when writing, with events occurring out of sequence.

How dyslexia impacts writing skills

Writing problems can be hard to spot because not all children with dyslexia have the same level of symptoms. Others hand in assignments that are impossible to read and understand while some many only have minor problems. Dyslexic students put much effort into reading individual words and trying to understand the meanings behind the words. Grammar and writing conventions, to them, may not seem important. But without grammar skills, writing doesn't always make sense. Teachers can take extra time to teach conventions, such as standard punctuation, what constitutes a sentence fragment how to avoid run-on sentences and capitalization. Although this may be an area of weakness, focusing on grammar rules helps. Choosing one or two grammar rules at a time helps. Give students time to practice and master these skills before moving on to additional skills. Grading students on content rather than grading also helps. Many teachers will make allowances or students with dyslexia and as long as they understand what the student is saying, will accept the answer, even if there are spelling or grammatical errors. However, keep in mind that many spelling errors common to individuals with dyslexia are missed using standard spell checkers, using computer programs with spelling and grammar checkers can help. Specific programs developed for people with dyslexia are available such as Cowriter. Young dyslexic students show signs of sequencing problems when learning to read. They place letters of a word in the wrong place, such as writing /letf/ instead of /left/. When recalling a story, they may state events that happened in an incorrect order. To write effectively, a child must be able to organize the information into a logical sequence in order for it to make sense to other people. Student probably can explain what he wants to say in case you ask him to verbally tell you the story.