Dyslexia: Make a difference - Writing

Children with dyslexia describe their difficulties with writing.

They talk about pen grip, misspelling high frequency words and struggling to structure extended writing. The film offers practical suggestions on how best to support them.

As many as one in ten schoolchildren have dyslexia, and for some children, the process of handwriting can be challenging.

Emily, a pupil with dyslexia says: "I try to start off neat, but usually I get frantic because I don't have enough time and it gets sloppier as the work goes on."

The way children hold their pen can really affect their writing. Ergonomic pens encourage better grip.

Some children press too hard on the paper, so using a softer pencil can help.

For some pupils, their dyslexia makes them reluctant writers. Story mountains, writing scaffolds and starter sentences can all help support extended writing.

As Emily explains: "I have the stuff that I want to write in my brain, but it's just hard for me to actually get it down."

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