You may be able to spell words in a spelling test but when you have to write using the same words you can no longer spell them correctly.Also you may just not know where to start. When you sit down to write the thoughts may come at you all at once and you may get lost in a sea of pictures. You may wonder how to turn these pictures into words.
Step by step we have to train our brains, first to remember, then to sequence then to add detail. It is easier to start this task verbally.
Don’t stress this just takes time and patience.
Here is an easy way to train your brain step by step to build up to writing.
- At the end of every day tell someone about yourday, from start to finish. If this is too hard start with a shorter time frame e.g. what happened since lunch time. Try not to get into too much detail. The important thing is to remember the sequence of things and approximate times if you can.Start off by saying the day and date.
- Once you are proficient at step one,move onto writing a list of 10 events that have happened in your day. Make sure these events are in order. Remember the day and date and if possible any approximate times.
- Once you can easily do step two see if you can turn your list into 10 sentences, about the events of the day. Remember to keep them in order.
- Now once you can do the sentences, expand on each sentence with more sentences creating more detail.Your sentence then becomes a paragraph. You may need to do the list first so you can keep your thoughts in order.
This step is training your big picture brain to see the parts of a day not just the whole.
At the end of this process you are actually writing an essay about your day. If you have followed this process your essay should be in sequence and it will be made up of 10 paragraphs.
Please don’t rush this writing strategy it is so important to master each step before you move on to the next. As you start doing the process you will focus more during the day on what is happening, and the order in which it is happening.
Obviously if you are dyslexic but don’t struggle with sequencing this won’t be as beneficial to you. Remember every dyslexic has different strengths and weaknesses.