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A Child Who Struggles With Writing May Have a Condition Called Dysgraphia

Developing fine motor skills, such as handwriting, is often a difficult task for children at the start of their education. It takes time to develop dexterity, concentration, and proficiency in handwriting. Thus, many parents might misinterpret their child’s struggle with handwriting as a normal developmental stage rather than dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects writing skills.

Considering that 66% of people have never heard of dysgraphia, many parents might not recognize the signs of this common learning impairment. If you think that your child has symptoms of dysgraphia, it might be time to reach out to one of our specialists at Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy in Charlotte, North Carolina for a consultation and possible treatment options.

What is Dysgraphia?   

Commonly referred to as the “written expression learning disorder,” dysgraphia is characterized by difficulty expressing thoughts through writing, spelling, and handwriting. It can also involve difficulty with shaping letters, words, and even numbers. Children with dysgraphia may have trouble with thinking while writing, holding a writing utensil correctly, or even drawing straight lines. There are some specific symptoms that you can look for in order to identify early signs of dysgraphia.

Early Signs of Dysgraphia

Early diagnosis is vital to the continued health and education of your child. Try to observe your child and look for any of the following symptoms:

If your child displays one or more of these symptoms, follow these next steps to gather information and look for treatment options.

Next Steps

Talk to your child’s teacher You might not be the only one who has noticed some irregularities in your child’s handwriting abilities. Talk to your child’s teacher to find out if they’ve observed any difficulties or an overall lack of progress.

Make notes of your own observations Whether you notice the symptoms listed above or other behaviors that cause you concern, try to note down your observations. This can help when speaking to your child’s teacher, other family members who may have also noticed symptoms, and, eventually, a healthcare provider.

Seek treatment An undiagnosed learning disability could set your child back academically and limit their opportunities and achievements. Early detection and treatment can make a huge difference in your child’s development, so it is important to trust your observations and seek treatment as soon as possible.

After your child has been diagnosed, Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy provides you with the next steps in treatment. Though we do not diagnose dysgraphia, we do provide several therapy programs and other treatment options based on your child’s needs. If you think your child may have dysgraphia or another learning disability, schedule a consultation with us today. You can call the Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy office or find more information through our website.

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