Thursday 11th June 2015
What are the 4 steps to identifying dysgraphia?
The first step to identifying dysgraphia is by comparing the pupil's handwriting with other pupils’ handwriting of the same age.
The second is to identify what it is exactly that is making their handwriting appear to be of poor quality.
Does their handwriting contain oversized letters and punctuation?
Are there inconsistencies in the size of consecutive letter?
Are letters and words written at an inconsistent angle?
Is their handwriting spaced inconsistently?
Are letters and words written in the wrong order?
Does their handwriting contain more spelling mistakes than you would expect?
Has some of their handwriting been crossed out and rewritten?
But just because a pupil has poor quality handwriting, dysgraphia can still not be assumed.
The third step to identifying dysgraphia is to identify why the handwriting is of poor quality - What causes dysgraphia?
A pupil with dysgraphia will very often have problems with their language processing abilities, fine motor skills, memory recall, pen/pencil grip, handwriting posture and/or visual spacing.
And so the fourth, and final step to identifying dysgraphia is to investigate whether the pupil does indeed have problems in any of the above areas.
An educational psychologist will be able to determine whether or not a pupil has dysgraphia through a face-to-face assessment which will entail a number of testing strategies.
However, in getting a pupil assessed by an educational psychologist it usually comes at a high cost and there can sometimes be a lengthy waiting list.
For more information about Dysgraphia Help’s online dysgraphia test, please visit our webpage - Testing for dysgraphia.