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Great oral speller/Poor written speller

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Joined: Mar 15, 2007
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Posted Mar 15, 2007 at 2:37:57 AM
Subject: Great oral speller/Poor written speller

Hello All,

I've encountered something I haven't seen before and was wondering if anyone else has seen this or know what sort of possible learning disability this may or may not be.

A young child, about 10 years of age, is an above average oral speller. He has absolutely no problems spelling words orally. However, when asked to write down spelling words (i.e., during spelling tests) he completely bombs the tests; all the words end up being spelled incorrectly.

I'm not sure if this child is doing this on purpose (he is an SED child) or he is honestly having problems. Plus, he's certainly not a "lazy" child.

Any insight or info would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted:Mar 15, 2007 7:50:07 AM

That was my son at 10. He had underlying visual issues that were corrected by a developmental optomotrist. Check out www.covd.org .

My son also had a nasty split between verbal and performance IQ on the WISC III - verbal much higher.

Good Luck.

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Posted:Mar 16, 2007 1:43:36 AM

Samoas, he might need to develop his Visualisation skills?
Can picture how words are spelled, in his mind?

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Posted:Mar 17, 2007 9:52:58 AM

I have had a few students like that. They seem to get confused when writing is involved. I began to see them making some progress when I taught the words they needed to know by me saying the sound of each letter, them repeating the sound, then writing the sound, and then copying the word and decoding it to get to the sound spelling. Then they read the sound spelling,and finally compared it to the actual written spelling. After working with each word this way, they began to find success in spelling. Spelling, writing, and reading improved because they were able to use their stronger auditory ability (and often also, kinesthetic)to develop their visual ability.

One of these students had difficulty with even writing many of her letters correctly when she began the process. I helped her correct her letters by looking at the alphabet chart and noting what she had done wrong. Then she would erase the letter and write it correctly. Doing the words multi-sensorily helped her learn to write the letters and the words correctly. Her reading also improved, as she began seeing the letters in the words correctly.

Email me if you have questions.

Anita learntoreadnow

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Posted:Apr 17, 2007 10:09:15 PM

That was a very bright strategy, Anla. I was amazed.

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Posted:Apr 18, 2007 6:38:17 PM

Hey, thanks for the compliment. I get excited when I know I am helping students. And I am always interested in figuring out new ways to help them.
My students work hard--I mostly give them no choice about that--and they improve in their basic skills also.

Anita www.learntoreadnow.blogspot.com

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