- Dysgraphia is a specific learning disorder that affects writing abilities.
- It can occur alone or in children with dyslexia, other language disorders, or ADHD.
- An individual may have language-based dysgraphia and/or non-language-based dysgraphia.
- Common warning signs:
- Language-Based: spells well on spelling tests but not in actual usage; lacks punctuation and capitalization; fails to finish words or omits words from sentences; difficulty following spelling and grammar rules in writing; writes run-on, incomplete and/or jumbled sentences; trouble getting thoughts down on paper; produces minimum content on a page despite oral ability to explain ideas
- Non-Language-Based: fine motor difficulties (i.e., trouble holding pencil and scissors correctly); trouble with letter spacing; writes letters and words that run together; trouble writing on a line and inside margins; mixes upper- and lowercase letters; copies text slowly.
If you think your child may have a learning disability, do not wait! Schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and determine if testing is warranted.