1. Dysgraphia is a type of learning disability.
Often, if you hear about a learning disability, it is dyslexia or learning disabilities in the area of reading. A lot of money, time, and research are devoted to learning more about how to help those with this specific learning disability. That is changing though. More people are learning about other types of specific learning disabilities, including dysgraphia, which is a learning disability in writing and written expression.
2. Dysgraphia effects communication.
We all write every day. The primary goals of writing are to communicate a thought or record an idea to review later. Dysgraphia can affect achieving this goal. A dysgraphic student may have great difficulty writing letters, numbers, or symbols in a standardized fashion. In addition, they tend to struggle writing them in a straight line. It can be a great challenge to use writing as a method of communicating organized thought in a format easy for others to read and understand. Poor spelling is often one of the problems that contribute to this, but not the only one.
3. Dysgraphia can be easy to recognize.
There are some signs of dysgraphia that might appear in very young children. Since many of the symptoms of dysgraphia involve looking at and analyzing a product or action the child does, it can be easier to identify dysgraphia than other common learning disabilities. Just keep in mind what is age appropriate behavior and understand that learning skills is a process. Some kids take longer to develop a skill. Other kids might need some extra help due to a learning disability. Warning signs in young children for developmental dysgraphia include trouble with spacing letters when writing, trouble with using zippers and faceting buttons, or difficulty coloring inside lines and margins.
4. Dysgraphia can be painful.
Not only do most dysgraphic students have handwriting that is difficult to read or understand, but also it is often very painful to write for long periods. The use of pencil grips or thicker pencils can help some students, but most need to take breaks or have extra time to finish writing assignments. For long assignments, using a computer word processing program can be helpful, but it is not the solution to solve every symptom of dysgraphia. It is important to develop an intervention plan that has a mixture of different learning strategies, all of which are backed by research. With the right kind of help, practice, and patience, most dysgraphic students show great improvement.