Dysgraphia is a difficulty writing coherently, regardless of how well an individual can read, think or verbally express their thoughts and opinions. Those identified with dysgraphia often have a higher than average IQ, but find combining the complex mixture of tasks needed for a satisfactory written result remarkably difficult. They can also lack basic spelling skills and can tend to write the wrong word when trying to formulate their thoughts on paper.
In young children, the disorder begins to emerge when they are first introduced to writing. They make inappropriately sized and spaced letters, or write wrong or misspelled words despite thorough instruction and adequate planning. Children with the disorder may have other learning disabilities; however, they usually have no social or other academic problems.
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'Dyslexic dysgraphia' seems to be most commonly seen. With dyslexic dysgraphia, spontaneously written work is poor or illegible, copied work tends to be poor and spelling is inaccurate. Dyslexic dysgraphia does not mean that the individual necessarily has dyslexia, in fact, dyslexia and dysgraphia appear to be unrelated.
Mainstream, widely accepted strategies for students include:
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