Dysgraphia is a learning
disability resulting from the difficulty in
expressing thoughts in writing and graphing.
It generally refers to extremely poor handwriting.
Students with dysgraphia often have sequencing
problems. These students often have difficulty
with the sequence of letters and words as
they write. As a result, the student either
needs to slow down in order to write accurately,
or experiences extreme difficulty with the
"mechanics" of writing (spelling,
a student's writing or graphing difficulties
are severe enough to meet these criteria,
special education services are indicated.
Problems arise because "dysgraphia"
has no clearly defined criteria. A student
with any degree of handwriting difficulty
may be labeled "dysgraphic" by some
educational specialists, but may or may not
need special education services.
indicate that what usually appears to be a
perceptual problem (reversing letters/numbers,
writing words backwards, writing letters out
of order, and very sloppy handwriting) usually
seems to be directly related to sequential/rational
information processing. They also tend to
intermix letters and numbers in formulas.
Usually they have difficulty even when they
do their work more slowly. And by slowing
down or getting "stuck" with the
details of writing they often lose the thoughts
that they are trying to write about.
students can also experience writing difficulty
because of a general auditory or language
processing weakness. Because of their difficulty
learning and understanding language in general,
they obviously have difficulty with language
expression. Recall that written language is
the most difficult form of language expression.