Make your way through Dysgraphia

Your writing can give an impression about your personality and thought process. What if you cannot write efficiently? The inability to write can stem through a learning disability called as Dysgraphia. This disability of impaired handwriting can interfere with one’s ability to learn spellings of the words in the writing and cause fluctuations in the speed of writing. It is characterized by an inability to use fine motor skills and information processing skills alongside inconsistency in formation of letters, messy papers and inability of penning down ideas on papers.

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Causes:

Dysgraphia is a working memory problem. There have been several studies and research in finding the root cause of this disability. One day, we shall find the exact answer. However, studies have revealed that the dysfunction among the connections of the various brain systems used in writing. Difficulty in retrieving letter formats, motor patters can also be seen in a person suffering with Dysgraphia.

Signs and Symptoms:

In most of the cases, the symptoms of Dysgraphia are attributed to being lazy, careless, impulsive and negligent. Warning signs can be traced if you find the symptoms mentioned below.

  1. A mixed pattern of uppercase and lowercase letters in the writing.
  2. Low legibility in writing.
  3. Difficulty in putting up ideas on paper and expression.
  4. Omission of words in the sentences.
  5. Awkward body positioning while writing.
  6. Improper usage of margins and lines.
  7. Pain while writing
  8. Inattentive behavior
  9. Extreme fluctuations in the speed of writing.
  10. Lot of erasures in the writing.

However, this is not a conclusive list of the symptoms. You may find more symptoms too.

Diagnosis:

An occupational therapist, a neuropsychologist who is also a specialist in Dysgraphia, or a Pediatric neurologist can diagnose Dysgraphia in kids. The diagnosis is based on several tests and assessments.

Treatment for Dysgraphia:

In the classroom settings, educational therapy can work wonders if the teachers have good knowledge and understanding about Dysgraphia. To address issues with impaired memory and neurological problems, usage of computers may be suggested. This is done to avoid the problems associated with handwriting. Techniques that use kinesthetic memory can also be of great help. Likewise, adhering to cursive*cursive*
➤ (n) rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
➤ (s) having successive letter joined together
…by BeeDictionary.com
writing can also reduce the stress of issues like reversible letters, spacing between letters and words too.

Nothing is impossible and with constant motivation and guidance, Dysgraphia can be managed. We shall learn more about the classification of Dysgraphia in my forthcoming articles.