A Condition That Impairs Written Communication
As science, medicine, and the understanding of the human brain progress, we are learning about more and more learning disorders that were hidden from us decades ago. Our new understanding of these disorders helps us to better teach children who are diagnosed. We now understand that there are reasons why students can’t seem to grasp a particular subject or perform a particular function.
Dysgraphia is a learning disorder that doesn’t spend much time in the spotlight but is more common than you might think. It has no cure and children who suffer from the condition are at a severe disadvantage in the classroom as well as life.
What’s It All About?
Dysgraphia is a condition that results in a deficiency in written communication. Not only does it impair the student’s ability to write properly, but also their ability to understand the written language. It can cause other problems as well, such as poor motor skills, injuries, poor spatial planning, and an inability to write and think at the same time.
In the past, a student with dysgraphia might have just been considered lazy by their parents or teachers. Today, this is an understood issue with the brain that requires attention and treatment to overcome.
It may show itself in various degrees of severity. Some students find it nearly impossible to properly hold a pencil or write a later. For the most part, patients with dysgraphia have very poor handwriting. Those who can write words and sentences still struggle with spelling, spacing, and forming proper ideas.
Identifying The Cause.
Identifying an absolute cause for this condition has been nearly impossible. It is believed that it stems from a problem with working memory. Students struggle with something known as “orthographic coding, which is an ability to store words in their working memory. They then have a hard time remembering how those words are written. This can apply to an entire word or even a single character.
It’s also believed that the condition may be genetic. Some studies have shown that students with the condition tend to have close relatives that suffer from the condition as well. This seems to be true of many other learning conditions that exist at birth.
While there may be no cure, there are a few potential treatments. It’s a good idea to seek help if you or a teacher believes your child is suffering from dysgraphia. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the easier it is to get results from a treatment.