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Does Dyslexia Really Impact Your Handwriting?

Have you ever struggled to read your child’s handwriting or understand a story they’ve
drawn on paper? Sometimes this is the result of hurried work, but in many cases, this
may be a sign your child has dyslexia.

People with dyslexia often experience difficulty with handwriting or completing
writing-related tasks because it requires the ability to transcribe thoughts, plan and
understand what you are going to communicate.

And, in order for that communication process to act effectively, we need a strong, working memory, which does not come naturally for those with dyslexia. This is one
reason why communicating through spoken language or written words can be difficult
for children without the proper therapy and tools to succeed.

In order to fully understand words and context, we have to process the information as
we hear or read it. So, not only are children with dyslexia faced with the challenge to read or write words, but to process and organize them in a way that makes sense.

Marilyn Zecher, a language specialist at the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education
Center, says that many children with dyslexia benefit from practicing cursive letters because it requires practicing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Just like riding a bike or learning an instrument, the more practice these children have writing their letters, words and sentences, the better their penmanship will be.

Similarly, the more your child shares thoughts out loud, has space to express their
imagination and someone safe to talk to, the better communicators they will be.

At Dyslexia School of Houston, students practice handwriting in one-on-one therapy sessions or small class settings to prioritize each child’s learning style. Our hands-on tools and experiences in the classroom help students store what they learn into their
working memory.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s handwriting or language-skills, we would love to be a resource for you. Email our team at Info@DyslexiaHouston.org for

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