Learning Difficulties: Everything For Dysgraphia (Handwriting)!

HandwritingDysgraphia (pronounced: dis-graf-ia) affects approximately 10% of the population. Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder, dysgraphia symptoms are characterised by the inability to write properly. Dysgraphia in fact refers specifically to the inability to perform operations in handwriting. It could be described as an extreme difficulty with fine-motor skills.

Young boy in elementary/primary school uniform working. Isolated. CopyspaceFine-motor skills are essential for good writing. Students with dysgraphia symptoms may have difficulties with the simplest of writing tasks; their handwriting will barely be legible; the writing will appear incorrect; distorted; have letters of different sizes and different size spaces between letters. Student’s have particular difficulties following a straight line and keeping to a margin. Students with dysgraphia find it particularly painful when writing by hand. Dysgraphia Checklist

Definition of Dysgraphia

‘Dysgraphia means having severe problems with the written word, which is affected by extreme difficulty with fine-motor skills – in spite of having normal intelligence and ability’.

by Dr David Cowell & Maria Chivers, 2008

It is very important to recognise dysgraphia as soon as possible, before it impacts on a child’s self-esteem. Just as there is no single set of signs that characterises dyslexia, there is no one cause of dysgraphia. The earlier dysgraphia is diagnosed, the easier it is to ensure the student receives the correct support at home, school or in the workplace. Although there is no cure, the problems can be alleviated with the correct tuition.

Girl doing homeworkThese difficulties often result in great frustration bearing in mind that people with dysgraphia are usually at least average intelligence.

Where does the word dysgraphia come from?

Dys’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘difficulty with or poor’.
‘Graphia’ means writing. Hence,
Dysgraphia means ‘difficulty with handwriting’.


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