Years ago, dysgraphia was considered a learning disorder. It was the term for trouble with written expression. Dysgraphia appeared in the DSM, the manual used to make diagnoses.
While dysgraphia is no longer an official diagnosis, some people may still use the term. (Dysgraphia also isn’t considered a learning disability under IDEA. That’s the federal special education law. Difficulty in written expression is a learning disability.)
Even though dysgraphia isn’t a formal diagnosis, the challenges with transcription are very real. And people who have them often need extra support to improve skills and manage the challenges.
Occupational and physical therapists often do the evaluations that look at the motor skills involved in writing.
For kids, this evaluation can happen at school for free. Adults have to find private therapists to evaluate motor skills.
Dysgraphia often occurs along with ADHD and learning differences. These include dyslexia, written expression disorder, and expressive language disorder. So, it’s important for kids to have a full evaluation at school to see if something else is going on. These evaluations are free.
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