What are the signs of dysgraphia?
Is dysgraphia a form of autism?
Dysgraphia is not a form of autism, however it is a co-morbid condition that typically presents in people with autism. It can also present in people who do not have autism.
Is dysgraphia inherited?
Learning difficulties such as dysgraphia often run in families, however, this is not always the case. Lots of children with dysgraphia also have other conditions such as ADHD and dyslexia.
What age can you get dysgraphia?
Most children with dysgraphia are diagnosed at school where they are expected to learn to write, however, it is possible to notice the symptoms of dysgraphia as soon as your child starts to play with crayons.
In preschool children, markers are often resisting colouring and drawing opportunities, difficulties holding crayons and pencils, complaining of a sore or tired hand when drawing and struggling to do activities involving patterns such as tracing and dot-to-dot.
Is dysgraphia a disability?
Dysgraphia is a type of learning disability that affects writing abilities.
What are the causes of dysgraphia?
The cause of dysgraphia is often unknown, particularly in children. It is more common in children with disabilities or developmental delays. It also sometimes runs in families.
In adults diagnosis often follows a serious medical event such as a stroke or brain injury.
How can I help my child with dysgraphia?
If you suspect that your child has dysgraphia which has not yet been diagnosed, you should speak to your Health Visitor or General Practitioner who can refer you to a specialist.
There are things that you can do at home to help your child such as:
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