Dysgraphia Learning Disability
Though it is often confused with some types of dyslexia, dysgraphia is a learning disability that specifically impairs an individual's ability to write. Unlike dyslexia, people who suffer from dysgraphia may be able to read perfectly fine, but are unable to communicate effectively through written word. Therefore, dysgraphic patients are not necessarily dyslexic, although it is common for dyslexic individuals (most commonly auditory dyslexia) to also suffer from a dysgraphia learning disability.
Some common symptoms of a dysgraphia learning disability are:
- Poor or non-existent punctuation.
- Extremely poor spelling, including phonetic spelling, letter reversal, and syllable omission.
- Number reversal.
- Poor or unintelligible handwriting.
- Mixture of lowercase and uppercase letters, switching from cursive to print, and irregular shapes and sizes of letters.
- Inconsistent spacing between letters and words.
- Talking aloud while writing.
- Slow or labored writing.
- Awkward grip of writing utensils.
People who suffer from a dyslexia and dysgraphia learning disability are often able to learn how to deal with their challenges effectively through specialized dysgraphia treatment and therapy options that can ease the strain of writing and make life with the condition much easier and manageable.