Sunday, May 17, 2009

Quility of written work/ dyslexia

People with dyslexia usually have an "impoverished written product." That means there is a huge difference between their ability to tell you something and their ability to write it down. They tend to:

* avoid writing whenever possible
* write everything as one very long sentence
* not understand that a sentence has to start with a capital letter and end with punctuation
* be confused about what is a complete sentence versus a fragment
* misspell many words—even though they often use only very simple one-syllable words that they are "sure" they know how to spell
* take an unusually long time to write, due to dysgraphia
* have nearly illegible handwriting, due to dysgraphia
* use space poorly on the page; odd spacing between words, may ignore margins, sentences tightly packed into one section of the page instead of being evenly spread out
* do not notice their errors when "proofreading." They will read back what they wanted to say, not what is actually on the page.

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