Disorder of written expression
Disorder of written expression is a childhood condition characterized by poor writing skills.
Written expression disorder
Although no systematic studies of the prevalence of this disorder have been conducted, it is believed to be about 6%, or as common as learning and reading disorders. Children with disorder of written expression have trouble with spelling, make frequent errors in punctuation and grammar, and have poor handwriting.
This disorder appears by itself or in conjunction with other learning disabilities such as:
- Reading disorder
- Expressive language disorder
- Mathematics disorder
- Developmental coordination disorder
- Poor spelling
- Errors in grammar
- Errors in punctuation
- Poor handwriting
Other causes of learning disabilities must be ruled out before the diagnosis can be confirmed.
Remedial education is the best approach to this type of disorder.
The degree of recovery depends on the severity of the disorder. Marked improvement is often seen after treatment.
- Problems with socialization
- Learning problems
- Low self-esteem
Parents who are concerned about their child's language ability should have the child tested by educational professionals.
Learning disorders often run in families. Affected or potentially affected families should make every effort to recognize problems early. Intervention can begin as early as preschool or kindergarten.
Reviewed By: Paul Ballas, D.O., Department of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.