Dysgraphia symptoms are important to understand. Knowledge of them will greatly enhance your ability to diagnose dysgraphia. But understand that all dysgraphia symptoms can be distilled down to one simple concept. The brain of a dysgraphia sufferer has trouble communicating with the hand when writing, and the hand has trouble giving the necessary feedback. It is a “written expression disorder” of sorts and means only that the affected person has trouble writing. It isn’t a sign of intelligence, initiative, drive or apathy. It’s just a physiological communication issue that can be overcome.
Since dysgraphia affects the ability to write, all its symptoms are related to that. If you can answer in the affirmative to the following questions, then your child may indeed have dysgraphia. If so, call us and we’ll help you move to the next step.
Dysgraphia Symptoms Questions
- Despite great efforts, does your child have poor penmanship?
- Does your child ever complain that it hurts to write?
- Does your child excel in verbal communication and have little difficulty, if any, forming and communicating ideas?
- How about simple things like failing to use capitals and punctuation correctly?
- Does your child’s anxiety level rise at the thought of a writing assignment?
- Have you noticed anything strange about how the pencil is gripped? Do he/she grip very tightly?
- Does your child do well with the keyboard? Better in fact than with written work?
- Finally, does the aversion to writing extend to things like coloring and artwork?
These are all common dysgraphia symptoms. Of course, dysgraphia is a human issue not a robotic issue so things will vary from one person to another. If you really can identify with these symptoms then your child may in fact suffer from the effects of dysgraphia.
We’d encourage you to take the next step at this point. Call us so we can help you understand how to properly diagnose your child, what steps to take at school and what the dysgraphia road map looks like.
There are many, many successful people who’ve overcome dysgraphia. And with the advent of the computer in the classroom – more and more are overcoming it all the time.
We’d love to hear from you.
To get fun activities that help kids with writing, pick up a free copy of my Dysgraphia Toolkit: How Singing, Playing Games and Other Fun Activities Can Help Defeat Writing Disabilities.
You can find out more about this subject in our dysgraphia symptoms archive