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|Sat, 04-03-2010 - 7:28am|
Wondering if I could get some advice on this.
Mr S, aged 10, is in his last year of primary school. He was home-schooled for 18 months prior to the current school year (Feb to Dec), for a variety or reasons, and loved it, but is enjoying being back at school.
Academically, he is ahead in all areas, except for writing. The physical side is not an issue, for the most part, and his punctuation and grammar are at senior high school level. Vocabulary - also fine, spelling - average.
The big issue is composition. He simply canNOT write essays. I have tried doing the "write the story of a favourite Dr Who/Star Trek episode, never mind that it's not original" thing but he will merely write the dialogue. As for describing scenes in his head, he tells me he cannot match what he imagines in his head with any words he knows. So any writing he does, if not a recount (which will be at about Gr 2 level and one paragraph long), looks like s screenplay.
His teacher appears to not realise how bad his creative writing is, but he's in high school next year and will be expected to do a lot more writing that one paragraph after an hour's strain. The school can't seriously think that type of writing is enough.
I know Aspies tend to have such problems with creative writing, however this is getting worse - mainly because his writing has been at the same level since he was six years old (he was an early writer, aged 4) and starting Gr 2. Neither of his schools seemed to think there was an issue and that there would be 'plenty of time for him'.
Could it be something other than this Asperger's at play here? I am thinking Dyslexia, but am loathe to put him through the testing if it's not likely. And could his spelling issues be connected? He has to learn each word as a separate entity, with phonics not working and spelling rules forgotten in 'real time' (if I ask him the rules, he will rattle them off to me fine; if tested on the rules, he gets them right every time). However grammar and punctuation rules are not forgotten. Weird.
So, this has been rather long - apologies - however I wanted to give you an idea of Mr S's history and what parts of writing are an issue.
Thanks in advance,