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What is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a writing difficulty. It is associated with impaired handwriting and a difficulty in writing coherently. In the case of handwriting poor fine motor skills can cause problems with letter formation and also lead to rapid writing fatigue. But dysgraphia is not just a motor skills issue and it can cause problems with basic spelling skills and a tendency to write the wrong word when trying to formulate thoughts on paper.

Dysgraphia can co-occur with other learning difficulties such as ASD or ADHD but there are usually no other social or academic issues. The difficulty usually emerges when children are first introduced to writing and despite intensive teaching continue to inappropriately space or size letters and write the wrong or misspelled words. Fine motor issues may also cause problems with other tasks such as tying shoe laces.

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