Writing disabilities: Overview

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A writing disability is when a child has significant challenges with writing. Learn about writing disabilities, their symptoms, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Writing disabilities are learning disabilities that can include problems with composition, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and handwriting.
  • Children who are diagnosed with a writing disability often show early signs of speech and language difficulties and/or may have weakness with attention and working memory.
  • Writing disabilities are often linked with reading disabilities, and are diagnosed with a psychoeducational assessment.
Last updated: March 3rd 2020