Symptoms Prior to Being Diagnosed Dysgraphia
Prior to being diagnosed with dysgraphia you may notice symptoms of anxiety. Some children had a difficult time remaining in their seats or stop doing work in the first or second grade. Children can begin to notice they are unable to complete assignments that other children finish easily. Some children can began exhibits symptoms of anxiety or depression. problems sleeping. Teachers notice that children can not form letters and have much difficulty holding a pencil.
What do Parents Need to Do
Parents may not know what is the problem or what to do. The first step parents need to do is to ask the child’s school to do an evaluation for an individualized educational plan or an IEP. Your child will go through testing to evaluate any learning disabilities or processing problems. After the child is evaluated the team at the school will help parents understand what is happening with their child and develop an interventional plan.Diagnosed with Dysgraphia and Additional Issues
Diagnosed with Dysgraphia
Diagnosed with dysgraphia at age six or seven , children can develop a lack of self-confidence that has follows them throughout a lifetime. The most crippling is a blow to a child’s self esteem, not being able to succeed at tasks that other children of similar ages are able to complete easily. Individuals struggle with difficulties with fine motor skills, physical organization skills, attentional difficulties, as well as following directions that require visual spatial processing.
Definition of Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that makes the physical act of writing challenging. Writing involves a complicated set of motor and processing ability. Some people with dysgraphia have struggles with spelling, handwriting and creating written work. These difficulties can also effect difficulty with spatial processing exhibited by problems forming letters, numbers and words that correspond to lines on a page.
Neurobiology of Dysgraphia
Information is passed from the left hemisphere to the right hemisphere via a bundle of nerves known as the corpus callosum. A normal corpus callosum functions as an open gate for information. If the gate, however, is blocked, a brain glitch occurs. In dysgraphia, the gate is blocked!
While a young child is learning letter and number formations, he uses his left hemisphere (short-term memory). After a period, this information passes through the corpus callosum into the right hemisphere (long-term memory). At this point, writing becomes automatic. Writing automaticity never develops in those who have dysgraphia because of a block in the corpus callosum. For the child with dysgraphia, every act of letter formation is a new experience. He struggles to remember if the letter is formed top-to-bottom, left-to-right, etc. With so much thought and effort being given to the remembering of letter formations, it is no wonder that creative writing is virtually impossible.