Dysgraphia refers to difficulty with writing. These challenges can impact one’s ability to learn to spell, the fluency or speed of writing and the ability to express one’s self in writing. They do not reflect intelligence or motivation, but represent an underlying neurological issue. Researchers have suggested that difficulty with orthographic coding (storing written words in working memory) and planning sequential finger movements are possible underlying factors related to dysgraphia.
Does someone with dysgraphia only have issues with writing or could other factors play in as well? As it turns out, those with writing difficulties also may struggle with the things like:
- fine motor skills that impact motor memory, muscle coordination and writing
- attention issues
- reading difficulties
Comprehensive assessment includes analysis of writing skills, fine motor ability, academic performance and cognitive abilities in order to allow parents and educators to develop individualized treatment plans.