Dysgraphia FAQ’s

Dysgraphia FAQ’s 


Dysgraphia Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.’s)

We get quite a few questions from people asking about Dysgraphia and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s), so I have tried to answer some of the more common questions.

 


What is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a Specific Learning Disability (SpLD).

 

What Causes Dysgraphia?

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.

Do People from other Countries have Dysgraphia?

 

Dysgraphia occurs from all races, backgrounds and abilities.

 

What are the Symptoms / Indicators of Dysgraphia?

For a full list of dysgraphia symptoms / indicators, click here.

 

Is Dysgraphia an Illness?

Dysgraphia is definitely not an illness.

Is Dysgraphia a Disease?

Dysgraphia is definitely not a disease.

Is Dysgraphia hereditary?

Often people who have dyslexia, also have dysgraphia. Dyslexia does run in families. Little is known about dysgraphia at this time.

How many People have Dysgraphia?

Estimates for Dysgraphia vary widely from 5% to 20%.  I would anticipate it would be approximately 10% of the population.

 

Does Dysgraphia affect Men & Women equally?

Dysgraphia affects both males and females.

 

Do People with Dysgraphia have Average Intelligence?

People with dysgraphia are often of high or above average intelligence; these difficulties often result in great frustration.

If I think I have Dysgraphia, what Signs should I look for?

Look at the Dysgraphia Indicators or go online and try one of the free Dysgraphia on-line tests. 

If I have Dysgraphia will I always have it?

Some people think with enough specialist help you can overcome dysgraphia, but unfortunately we do not know enough about this condition yet.

If I have Dysgraphia will I always have it?

Some people think with enough specialist help you can overcome dysgraphia, but unfortunately we do not know enough about this condition yet.

 

Are there good things about having Dysgraphia?
Many people with Dysgraphia are very.

 

My school headmaster has told me that Dysgraphia does not exist, what can I do about it?

 

In the UK, Dysgraphia comes under the Equality Act (EA). Therefore, I think you should make a complaint to the Local Education Authority (LEA).

 

If you are outside the UK, where Dysgraphia is not yet recognised, try to offer help to the teachers, schools etc. by showing them useful websites.

 

Can you cure Dysgraphia?
You cannot cure Dysgraphia because it is not an illness. However, you can be taught ways to ‘overcome Dysgraphia’. Teachers should use multi-sensory learning methods.

 

Can I demand the school assess my child for Dysgraphia?
If you can show that your child needs a test, you can approach the teacher or head teacher and request an assessment. However, only the head-teacher or Form Tutor, can put your child forward for an assessment with an Educational Psychologist. Sometimes, this may take a very long time, whilst your child is falling further behind. If you can afford it, it may be best for you to have your child tested privately.

 

Is there a booklet where I can get factual information on Dysgraphia and getting help at school?
Read the Code of Practice Information Booklet produced by the DFES.
Website: www.dfes.gov.uk

 

My son is at school, how can I get him tested for Dysgraphia?
If you think your child has Dysgraphia, you can ask the school to test / assess him, in the first instance:
* Ask the class teacher, if you do not get a satisfactory answer in a reasonable time say (two weeks),
* Ask the head-teacher to intervene, if you still do not have an adequate response, it may be better to
* Go private, to an Educational Psychologist or
* Go to a Specialist Testing Centre.

 

Is there any treatment for Dysgraphia?
If your child’s difficulties are identified and an individual education plan (IEP) put into place, the child should be able to overcome his problems. This would usually involve a specialist teacher putting in alternative approaches to his work, i.e., (multi-sensory teaching methods), which use all the senses – especially, visual techniques and physical movement. This method of teaching has proven to be highly effective and helped students to remember spellings more easily.

 

Is there any research being carried out for Dysgraphia?
There is a lot of research being carried out at the moment to find out what causes dysgraphia.

 

Can you recommend some good books on Dysgraphia?
There are hardly any books on dysgraphia. However, I have listed a few I have found here Dysgraphia book list.

 

Where can I get help for Dysgraphia?
There are several useful organisations, click on Dysgraphia links.

 

I want to get my child tested for Dysgraphia, can I book a test?
Look at the list of ‘Indicators of Dysgraphia’ or go online and try one of the free Dysgraphia on-line tests.

 

Can you test adults for Dysgraphia?
Look at the list of ‘Indicators of Dysgraphia here Dysgraphia checklist or go online and try one of the free Dysgraphia on-line tests.

 

If I go to the Open University as a full-time student, can I get the ‘disabled student’s allowance’ (DSA)?
The Open University has a system in place similar to other Universities, to apply for the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA), please go to their website. Open University to go directly to their website to obtain further help and advice.

 

It often takes quite a long time to claim this allowance so you should apply for it as soon as you intend to go a university.

 

The Government is making changes to the DSA at the moment, so things may change with this benefit.

 

is Dysgraphia real?
Approximately 10% of the population have Dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is very real and is recognised as a Specific Learning Difficulty.

 

Where does the word ‘Dysgraphia’ come from?
The word ‘Dysgraphia’ comes from the Greek word, ‘dys’ term for ‘difficult’ and ‘graphia’ meaning graphics, thus difficult with writing/drawing.

 

If you have Dysgraphia are you stupid?
No, you are not stupid if you have Dysgraphia, on the contrary people who are dyslexic are usually very creative.

 

Is Dysgraphia a neurological disorder? specialists consider Dysgraphia to be a neurobiological condition that is genetic in origin – this means you can inherit this from your parents.

 

Is Dysgraphia a condition?
Dysgraphia is a ‘condition’ that you have all your life. Specialist tutors can help teach you ways to overcome Dysgraphia, but you can never ‘cure it’ because it is not a disease.

 

Is Dysgraphia a special educational need? Dysgraphia is a special educational need. In the UK, it is recognised as a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

 

Do Chinese people have Dysgraphia?
It is estimated that 10% of Chinese have dysgraphia. However, these figures cannot be verified at the moment.