What is dysgraphia?
Dysgraphia is a brain-based neurological disorder that affects writing abilities and fine motor skills. Dysgraphia presents challenges with skills such as handwriting, typing, and spelling. People with dysgraphia may write at a slower pace or have a hard time with spelling as it is challenging for them to form letters when writing. They may also have difficulties with legibility, word spacing, and expression.
Signs of dysgraphia
One of the most major signs of dysgraphia is messy handwriting. Here is a list of some other challenges that may occur in a child with dysgraphia:
In addition to the list above, here is a list of key handwriting skills that are more challenging for those with dysgraphia:
Causes of dysgraphia
Developmental dysgraphia can be broken down into 3 categories:
Dysgraphia can occur along with other learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, and expressive language disorder. If you child is struggling with handwriting, there are many interventions including structured literacy programs, Orton-Gillingham, and Occupational Therapy, that can help remediate deficits related to dysgraphia.