Written expression disorder means that your child's ability to communicate in writing is much poorer than average for his age, intelligence, and education. This disorder is not common. It is not written expression disorder if your child just has a hard time with spelling or has poor handwriting.
The cause of this disorder is not known. Like other learning disorders, it tends to run in families. It may also be tied to damage in certain parts of the brain.
It is more common in boys than girls.
Parents or teachers usually notice problems early in grade school. Do not wait to see if a problem goes away by itself. Your child may miss many months of helpful therapy.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Your child will have tests to check for hearing and vision problems or other medical conditions.
Your child may be referred to a specialist. The specialist will look at writing samples and test scores, and talk with you, your child, and your child’s teachers. The specialist will then advise you about a treatment plan.
The treatment for this disorder is to spend extra time practicing writing skills at home and at school.
Some children may find it easier to use text-to-speech tools that allow them to speak and have a computer program type their words. Others may find it easier to use a keyboard than to write on paper. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about this.
Most school districts have special programs to help children with learning disorders. Find out what services are offered through the school district to help children who have a hard time with math.
By high school, some children will have improved their skills and will no longer have a hard time writing. Teens who continue to struggle may limit their career choices. It is very important to get treatment for your child as early as possible.