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Alternative NamesWritten expression disorder
Definition Return to top
Disorder of written expression is a childhood condition which involves poor writing skills.
Causes Return to top
Although no body-wide (systemic) 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:
Symptoms Return to top
Exams and Tests Return to top
Other causes of learning disabilities must be ruled out before the diagnosis can be confirmed.
Treatment Return to top
Remedial education is the best approach to this type of disorder.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The degree of recovery depends on the severity of the disorder. Marked improvement is often seen after treatment.
Possible Complications Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Parents who are concerned about their child's language ability should have the child tested by educational professionals.
Prevention Return to top
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.
References Return to top
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.Update Date: 10/18/2008 Updated 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.