uschis5 asks:

My 5 year old Ella has been able to read for 2 years.  She can't write to save her life. Is this a learning disability or just slow fine motor skills?

All five of my children read by the age of 3.  I have been blessed with very intelligent children.  Ella Grace is now 5 years old.  She speaks English and German.  Ella is learning Chinese and reads English on a 3rd grade level.  Her verbal skills are years ahead of her pears.  
The child can't write to save her life.  She can barely write her name.  All my other children were writing in sentences by this age.  She practices but can't seem to write without using the dot-to-dot method.  Repetition does not help.
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Learning disabilities
> 60 days ago



Feb 2, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk.

It is not developmentally unusual for a child of five years of age to not have adept fine motor skills that would make for writing that is not awkward. Dot to dot and other fine motor exercises would seem age appropriate and helpful with developing these skills.  Here is our link on kindergarten writing skills:

If she makes no progress or there is concern by her teachers, then a referral to the school to see if she has a learning disorder may be needed. However, at this time what you are describing would not set off "alarms".

Here is another link about  typical five year old development:

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