Dysgraphia Is A Specific Type Of Writing Disability


Dysgraphia is a type of learning disability which is characterized by difficulty in acquisition of writing skills. A child or person afflicted with Dysgraphia is either unable to write or writes incorrectly. Instruction has no impact upon them as individuals tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

Dysgraphia in Children
Dysgraphia seems to emerge when children are introduced to writing. Right from the beginning they show a lack of interest in writing. This is characterized by their tendency to write incorrectly shaped letters and wrongly spelt words. Repeated instructions do not have any impact upon them.

The Cause(s) of Dysgraphia
Preliminary reports indicate that Dysgraphia could be an isolated instance of lack of control on the hand movement. This is something which varies from individual to individual. Not everybody is an artist, in whose case hand movements are quite precise. And while most of the remaining people have some amount of control over their hand movement, people suffering from Dysgraphia seem to have very less (or no) control on their hand movement.

How Can It Be Treated?
In most cases, there is no treatment for this disability. For those cases in which improvement can be brought about, the treatment varies. The following methods can be employed to minimize Dysgraphia:

* Treatment to control motor skills that impart calligraphy skills to us.
* Treatment for impaired memory or any other type of neurological problem.

Is It A Disability?
This is an important question- Can Dysgraphia be termed as a disability? The answer to the question is "No". People suffering from Dysgraphia may have other learning related disabilities. However, Dysgraphia in itself can not be seen as a disability. Inability to write properly is something which does not have a huge impact upon the academic life of an individual.

Is There Some Kind of Government Assistance for People with Dysgraphia
The Social Security Administration has its own list of disabilities for which financial and other types of assistance is given out to an individual. Dysgraphia does not figure on that list. The reason for this is that it does not hamper an individual's capability to earn for him/herself. As mentioned above, it does not affect the individual's ability to acquire education and work-related skills.

So, according to Social Security Administration, what can a person suffering from Dysgraphia do? Well, there are no clear answers from the administration. However, doctors suggest that a person suffering from Dysgraphia can take recourse to the use of a computer to overcome writing disability. Keyboard typing skills can be easily acquired and employed to prepare whatever paperwork which needs to be filed or submitted. And computers today are cheap. Anybody can easily afford these means for themselves.