Does your child struggle with writing skills?
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that makes it difficult for an otherwise bright child to express himself well in writing. Your child may struggle with handwriting, paragraph writing, or other writing skills.
The National Institute for Neurological Disorders defines dysgraphia as follows:
“Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder characterized by writing disabilities. 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 poorly sized and spaced letters. They may write wrong or misspelled words, despite thorough instruction. Children with the disorder may have other learning disabilities, however, they usually have no social or other academic problems. In addition to poor handwriting, dysgraphia is characterized by wrong or odd spelling, and production of words that are not correct (i.e., using “boy” for “child”). The cause of the disorder is unknown.”
Dysgraphia is similar to dyslexia. Dyslexia is ‘difficulty with language’, but dysgraphia is ‘difficulty with writing’. A child may have one problem, the other, or both problems.
Dysgraphia is caused by problems with processing information, organizing thoughts, and/or getting the words written on paper. Often kids with dysgraphia hate writing.
A child with dysgraphia may or may not be able to think of what he wants to write. Often children with dysgraphia will be able to express themselves quite well when talking. However, the child may seem unable to write at a level that reflects his thoughts. A child may talk using long sentences such as, “The apatosaurus was gigantic, but it was a herbivore.” However, he would be likely to write, “The dino was big.” Writing is so difficult for the child, he’ll write as little as possible.
If your child has dysgraphia or just poor writing skills, the information and programs on the pages linked to below will help you help your child. You’ll find information about handwriting skills, paragraph writing, and other related topics.
About Dysgraphia and Writing Skills – Other Pages on this Website:
A Resource page for improving your child’s Writing Skills using special Writing Programs (especially helpful if you Homeschool a Child with Dysgraphia or Dyslexia).
Learning Handwriting : Options for Teaching a Child who struggles with hand writing skills.
Composition Writing and paragraph writing for Kids who struggle with writing skills.
If you have already identified the cause of your child’s writing skills problems and just need HELP, there’s a great new book out that cuts out a lot of the theory to provide practical advice on how to help your child. Check Out Dysgraphia: Your Essential GuideThere is also an excellent article on the International Dyslexia Association website. It’s called, “Just the Facts.. Dysgraphia“. There is also helpful information at LDOnline.