Monday 9th March 2015
Dysgraphia: the mistaken special need
Dysgraphia is perhaps one of the most mistaken learning differences, with thousands of children and adults across the world being misdiagnosed with its more well-known counterpart – dyslexia.
So what is dysgraphia and why is it so commonly mistaken?
Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder which can be defined as “a disorder in written expression”. Dysgraphia is a Greek term which in English translates to “impaired at writing by hand”.
Individuals with dysgraphia are known for making a number of spelling mistakes in their handwriting, just as individuals with dyslexia are. However those with dysgraphia can spell these words if they are asked for the spelling orally or are asked to pick the correct spelling out of a list (unlike dyslexics). It is in fact the process of writing the word that they have difficulties with and thus misspell it.
The impacts these disorders have on learning outcomes are often identical, but the symptoms are very different, and in developing strategies to overcome them, two wholly different approaches are required.
Many use our online dysgraphia test as a preliminary diagnosis of dysgraphia, or to rule out/confirm whether they should consider getting tested for dyslexia.