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Dysgraphia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is dysgraphia?

What causes dysgraphia?

Do people from other countries have dysgraphia?

What are the symptoms of dysgraphia?

Is dysgraphia a gift?

Is dysgraphia an illness?

Is dysgraphia a disease?

Is dysgraphia considered a disability?

Is dysgraphia a learning disability (SpLD)?

Is dysgraphia hereditary?

How many people have dysgraphia?

Does dysgraphia affect men and women equally?

Are people with dysgraphia of average intelligence?

If I have think I have dysgraphia, What signs should I look for?

If you have dysgraphia will you always have it?

Are there any worksheets for people with dysgraphia?

what is dysgraphia? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphia is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

what causes dysgraphia? [ back to top ]

Most specialists consider dysgraphia to be a hereditary, genetic condition. Dysgraphia often runs in families. The causes have not been fully established at the moment.

However, dysgraphia can be caused by other ways i.e., stroke, serious head injury etc.

do people from other countries have dysgraphia? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphia occurs from all races, backgrounds and abilities.

what are the symptoms of dysgraphia? [ back to top ]

People with dysgraphia usually have phonological difficulties (i.e., find it difficult to sort out sounds within words,, this means they have problems with reading, writing, spelling, number work, short-term memory, hand control and visual processing. Timekeeping, sense of direction and interpersonal skills can also be affected. For a fuller description go to the ‘Dysgraphia Checklist’.

is dysgraphia a ‘gift’? [ back to top ]

Many people think dysgraphia is a ‘gift’, because they are very creative and are usually very good at their chosen career. Also, most self-made millionaires are dyslexic, it is thought this is because they have the tenacity to succeed. Another reason may be because most dyslexics, ‘think outside of the box’ and therefore find it easier to ‘lead’ rather than work in a certain manner.

is dysgraphia an illness? [ back to top]

Dysgraphia is definitely not an illness, it is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

is dysgraphia a disease? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphia is definitely not a disease, it is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

is dysgraphia considered a disability? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphia is a registered disability under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons’ Act 1970, Education 1993 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

is dysgraphia a learning disability? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphia is recognised as a Specific Learning Disability (SpLD)?

is dysgraphia hereditary?

Most specialists consider dysgraphia to be a hereditary, genetic condition. Dysgraphia often runs in families.

how many people have dysgraphia? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphia affects approximately 10% of the population.

does dysgraphia affect men and women equally? [ back to top ]

Up until recently, it was thought that dysgraphia affected more males than females (approximately 75-80% men), however, there has been some research in the last few years, to suggest that it is more likely to be 50/50. Further research is being undertaken to try to find out more accurate figures.

are people with dysgraphia of average intelligence? [ back to top ]

Dysgraphics are often of average intelligence, these difficulties often result in great frustration being they should be performing at the same level as their peers.

If i think i have dysgraphia, what signs should i look for?

Look at the signs for dysgraphia on the dysgraphia checklist or go on-line and try one of the free dyslexia on-line tests.

If you have dysgraphia will you always have it? [ back to top ]

Yes, like colour blindness, it is permanent, but a specialist tutor should be able to teach you ways to overcome your problems.

Are there any worksheets for people with dysgraphia? [ back to top ]

Yes, you will find some dysgraphia worksheets here.