Writing

This article highlights the benefits of using the modern mobile technology features in providing a learning platform for young dyslexic writers. An android-based application is designed and implemented to encourage the learning process and to help dyslexic children improve their fundamental handwriting skill. In addition, a handwriting learning algorithm based on concepts of machine learning is designed and implemented to decide the learning content, evaluate the learning performance, display the performance results, and record the learning growth to show the strengths and weaknesses of a dyslexic child. The results of the evaluation provided by the participants revealed that application has potential benefits to foster the learning process and help children with dyslexia by improving their foundational writing skills.

Launching Young Writers

Find out why writing is so important in our lives, as well as practical suggestions for activities to help your child become a stronger writer.

Early Writing: Why Squiggles Are Important

Much earlier than the time when we actually think of children as writers or readers, we must begin to provide opportunities that encourage writing. There are a number of ways to do this. Having conversations with children; answering those why questions; talking about what you see as you drive to various places; sharing stories and storybooks are just a few of the ways that our young children can be engaged in conversations. Even though we are talking about early writing, early literacy is really a more correct statement, as the experiences that relate to early reading go hand in hand with those that encourage early writing.

Teacher answering question from student as her desk.

Questions to Ask Educators

Every child can have problems learning from time to time, and parents are often the first to notice. Some learning problems come and go. But if they seem to persist, it’s important for parents to communicate with their child’s teachers and other caregivers about difficulties. Grades and comments on report cards can be helpful as a conversation starter. They reflect school performance over time and indicate how well a child is meeting learning expectations. It’s also helpful when parents keep records (e.g., work samples) and take notes of things they observe—even for children as young as 4 or 5. Parents can share their specific concerns with teachers and other specialists, offering perspective about how long their child has been struggling. More information is always best when preparing to make important decisions about how to help children succeed across all areas of learning and behavior. 

Mother with child answering questions from a pediatrician.

Questions to Ask Pediatricians

Every child can have problems learning from time to time, and parents are often the first to notice. Some learning problems come and go. But if they seem to persist, it’s important for parents to communicate with their child’s teachers and other caregivers about difficulties. Pediatric health care providers are interested in your child’s educational health, too—not just their physical well-being. If you’re concerned about your child’s progress in school, be sure to talk with your child’s health care provider. They can help you figure out if your child’s struggle is suggestive of a learning disability, and they can help you decide if testing is needed.