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Institute for Excellence in Writing

"Our mission is to equip teachers with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.

Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners."


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If your child struggles getting their thoughts on paper, it may be because of 


Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Because writing requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills, saying a student has dysgraphia is not sufficient. A student with disorders in written expression will benefit from specific accommodations in the learning environment, as well as additional practice learning the skills required to be an accomplished writer.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Warning Signs of Dysgraphia and Written Expression Disorder

  • Tight, awkward pencil grip and body position

  • Illegible handwriting

  • Avoiding writing or drawing tasks

  • Tiring quickly while writing

  • Saying words out loud while writing

  • Unfinished or omitted words in sentences

  • Difficulty organizing thoughts on paper

  • Difficulty with syntax structure and grammar

  • Large gap between written ideas and understanding demonstrated through speech

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