Dysgraphia is a learning disability that makes it difficult to write. It’s not the same as poor handwriting, and it can affect people of all ages. If you have dysgraphia, you might find it hard to form letters correctly or remember the spelling. You may also struggle with spacing between words or keeping your writing within margins on a page.
Dysgraphia doesn’t mean that someone won’t be able to learn how to read or write at all, just that their reading and writing will always be slower than what is expected from others in their grade level, even when given extra time on tests and assignments.
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects the ability to write. It can be identified by poor handwriting and difficulty with fine motor skills. A psychologist will investigate learning strengths and difficulties, while an occupational therapist will look at handwriting and fine motor issues.
A psychologist will ask questions about how well you do in school and what kinds of problems you’re having with writing at home or work. They may also give an IQ test or academic assessment, including reading, arithmetic, writing, and language tests.
An occupational therapist may also measure your fine motor skills related to writing by testing your speed when copying drawings from a board into a notebook. He may consider evaluating how well you draw geometric shapes such as circles and squares from memory after looking away for 30 seconds.
The good news is there are ways to help improve these skills. With the right support from parents, teachers, therapists, coaches, and peers who understand dysgraphia, children with this condition can succeed in school like anyone else.
If you have been diagnosed with dysgraphia, there are ways that you can learn how to manage your symptoms and improve your handwriting skills. You may need help from an expert. Soon, you will find strategies that work best for you so that writing does not become overwhelming or stressful again.
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