- Health Library
- Research a Disease or Condition
- Lookup a Symptom
- Learn About a Test
- Prepare for a Surgery or Procedure
- What to do After Being Discharged
- Self-Care Instructions
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Nutrition, Vitamins & Special Diets
|•||Division of Psychiatry and Psychology at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital|
|•||Find A Physician|
|•||Subscribe to our Health-e-News|
Disorder of written expression
Disorder of written expression is a childhood condition that involves poor writing skills.
Written expression disorder
Although no studies have been conducted to determine how common this disorder is, it is thought to be about as common as learning and reading disorders.
This disorder appears by itself or along with other learning disabilities, such as:
- Errors in grammar and punctuation
- Poor handwriting
- Poor spelling
Exams and Tests
Other causes of learning disabilities must be ruled out before the diagnosis can be confirmed.
Remedial education is the best approach to this type of disorder.
The degree of recovery depends on the severity of the disorder. Marked improvement is often seen after treatment.
- Learning problems
- Low self-esteem
- Problems with socializing
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Parents who are concerned about their child's language ability should have their child tested by educational professionals.
Learning disorders often run in families. Affected or potentially affected families should make every effort to recognize problems early. Intervention can begin as early as preschool or kindergarten.
Kelly DP. Patterns of development and function in the school-aged child. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 30.
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.