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DYSGRAPHIA

What Is Dysgraphia?

 

Dysgraphia may be a brain-based learning disorder that affects writing. As with all learning disorders, dysgraphia is common among individuals with ADHD. Dysgraphia may be a nervous disorder of written expression that impairs writing ability and fine motor skills. It is a learning disability that affects children and adults and interferes with practically all aspects of the writing process, including spelling, legibility, word spacing and sizing, and expression.

 

It’s estimated that 5 to 20 percent of all children have some type of writing deficit like dysgraphia. Dysgraphia and other learning disorders, like dyslexia and dyscalculia, are common in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). Up to half of the children with ADHD in the U.S. have a learning disorder.

 

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Dysgraphia Symptoms

 

Dysgraphia is usually identified as a toddler learns to write down. However, a disorder of written expression may remain unrecognized through the first school years as a child’s writing ability continues to develop; dysgraphia may remain undiagnosed until adulthood.

 

Symptoms of dysgraphia include:

 

  • Trouble forming letters shapes
  • They may have a tight, awkward, or painful grip on a pencil
  • They may have difficulty following a line or staying within margins
  • Trouble with sentence structure which includes following rules of grammar when writing, but not when speaking
  • Difficulty organizing or articulating thoughts on paper
  • Pronounced difference between spoken and written understanding of a subject

 

Dysgraphia symptoms typically change over time. Individuals with dysgraphia generally have trouble with the mechanics of writing and exhibit other fine-motor impairments, while dysgraphia in adolescents and adults manifests as difficulties with grammar, syntax, comprehension, and generally putting thoughts on paper.

What Causes Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is commonly thought of in the following ways.

 

 

Acquired dysgraphia

 

Is related to brain injury, disease, or degenerative conditions that cause the individual (typically as an adult) to lose previously acquired skills in writing.

 

 

Developmental dysgraphia

 

refers to difficulties in acquiring writing skills. This type of dysgraphia is most ordinarily considered in childhood. The causes of developmental dysgraphia are unknown, but researchers have identified several subtypes4 that correspond to certain neurological mechanisms:

 

 

Motor dysgraphia

 

Lack of fine-motor coordination and beholding have long been tied to dysgraphia and should explain difficulties with producing transcription. Individuals with motor dysgraphia typically exhibit illegible and slow handwriting, poor drawing and tracing skills, and slow finger-tapping (a common measure of fine motor skills).

 

 

Spatial dysgraphia

 

Is probably going associated with problems of spatial perception, which affects letter spacing and drawing ability. Students and children with spatial dysgraphia struggle with handwriting and drawing, however spelling and finger-tapping speed are typically normal.

 

 

Linguistic Dysgraphia

 

Impacts the language processing skills required in the writing process. It most strongly affects spontaneously written text (which hasn’t been traced or copied), which is often illegible. Drawing, copying, and oral spelling aren’t suffering from linguistic dysgraphia.

 

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Dysgraphia Diagnosis

 

The team can use a variety of tools to determine a diagnosis, including:

 

  • School reports
  • Psychoeducational measures
  • Review of the individual’s developmental, medical, and familial history
  • Standardized writing assessments
  • General tests for dysgraphia typically include a writing component
  • Answering brief essay questions or copying out sentences
  • As well as a fine-motor component that tests the individual’s reflexes and motor speed.

 

The diagnosing specialist works to urge a way of both the standard of the writing — how well does the patient organize thoughts and convey ideas — and therefore the physical act of writing itself. Does writing hurt? Are letters formed correctly?

Dysgraphia Treatment

 

Dysgraphia and other learning disorders are lifelong conditions that have no cure. Treatment for dysgraphia focuses on interventions, accommodations, and special services to circumvent writing-related tasks and/or improve writing abilities. Given the nature of dysgraphia, attempts at remediation and “more practice” alone are not enough – accommodations and other modifications are necessary to successfully manage the condition.

 

 

How can Themba help you?

 

At Themba Tutors, we will help elementary, middle, and high school students to find out the difficulties they are facing. We will provide them with tools and help them learn the necessary skills to overcome all the challenges they are facing in order to learn effectively. Our Dysgraphia tutoring and coaching programs can be customized for all grades and skill levels.

 

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What is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities and can include difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting, and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Because writing requires a complex set of motor, cognitive, and language processing skills, it’s a complex learning disability.

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