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LEARNING DISABILITY:DYSGRAPHIA

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects handwriting and fine motor skills.

The child should be tested for dyslexia if he or she

  • Has a problem with spelling, word spacing, and the general ability to put thoughts on paper.

  • Goes through the process of writing laboriously slow, with a product that is often impossible to read.

  • When the act of forming letters requires so much effort that a child forgets what he wanted to say in the first place, it’s not surprising that children with dysgraphia often hate to write, and resist doing so.

When a child encounters such classroom defeat frequently, especially in the early years of schooling, it doesn’t take long for academic discouragement to develop into a sense of inferiority that undermines all attempts to learn — and that often persists to adulthood if the dysgraphia is not caught and treated. This is just one reason why early evaluation and diagnosis is so critical — though a diagnosis can bring relief and progress at any age.

Symptoms of Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is usually identified when a child learns to write, but it can remain hidden until adulthood, particularly in mild cases. Those with dysgraphia occasionally have trouble with other fine motor skills, like tying their shoes — but not always. Common indicators of dysgraphia, at any age, include:

  • Trouble forming letters or spacing words consistently

  • Awkward or painful grip on a pencil

  • Difficulty following a line or staying within margins

  • Trouble with sentence structure or 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 topic

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