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Writing Problems…What Is the Cause and What Do I Do About It?

June 9th, 2009

I am always amazed at how many parents have asked me about how to address their kids writing problems. Writing problems usually occur at one time or another  whether you have dyslexia, an identified learning disability, or are even gifted. I think it is safe to say that at one time or another every student struggles with a writing assignment. Some students struggle more often than others.

That said, it is important to understand what the actual cause of the writing problem is. Once you understand what the underlying cause is, there is a lot you can do to correct it and make writing easier.  Writing problems are typically due to one of four causes or a combination of the four causes.

1. Students sit staring at a blank sheet of paper, totally frozen.
2. Students have trouble with the mechanics of writing: grammar and structure
3. Students have trouble organizing their thoughts on paper
4. Students have penmanship problems

Watch the video for more information and some tips on how to solve some of the problems.


Hope this has been helpful.

Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET

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