What is Dysgraphia? Dysgraphia is a specific disability that affects writing.
The National Institues of Health (NIH) defines it like this: “Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder characterized by writing disabilities. Specifically, the disorder causes a person’s writing to be distorted or incorrect. In children, the disorder generally emerges when they are first introduced to writing. They make inappropriately sized and spaced letters, or write wrong or misspelled words, despite thorough instruction.”
Dysgraphia, along with dyslexia, may be the most common under-recognized LD. Most students with dyslexia have dysgraphia, although in our experience, dysgraphia is often missed in dyslexic students – yet is a leading reason why students fall behind in the upper elementary to middle school years.
A child who is lame, will rarely be scolded or told to run extra laps at home, however a child with fine motor or other causes of dysgraphia may be publicly disgraced on a daily basis about ‘sloppy work’, told to finish work at home (though it could take hours or be practically impossible), denied recess etc etc.
Teachers rarely receive training about dysgraphia in their professional education.
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