What is Dysgraphia?

Another disorder that can appear early in early childhood is dysgraphia, and it often manifests in problems with the mechanics of writing and other fine-motor impairments. In adolescents and adults, it often manifests as difficulties with grammar, syntax, comprehension, and putting thoughts on paper.

The symptoms of dysgraphia are not limited to written language; they can also affect other modalities of communication. Children who have dysgraphia are typically unable to write as well as they can speak, read, or draw. They tend to have difficulty with the mechanics of handwriting and may have problems with the coordination of their fingers and hands. In addition to the mechanical aspects of writing, dysgraphic children may have other problems with language processing, such as problems with phonological processing (for example, they may have trouble distinguishing between similar-sounding words) and problems with lexical access (for example, they may be unable to recall a word after just hearing it). Dysgraphia is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is caused by several different factors.

Learning and thinking differences are biological

Difficulty in putting down thoughts onto paper isn’t necessarily a sign of dysgraphia. It is a different learning disability that is called written expression disorder. However, these people who struggle with transcription will also often have trouble thinking about ideas and how to convey them.

For instance, dysgraphic tend to write slower than others, and this is because they have difficulty forming complete letter shapes when they write. On top of that, they also have spelling challenges, making it rather difficult when communicating with others.

It is also to be noted that dysgraphia has nothing to do with one’s intelligence, and often is due to motor skills difficulty. Those skills can be improved with the appropriate help.

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