Yesterday, I mentioned that there’s a wide range of disorders that may be diagnosed during childhood. Some of these are better known, and more widely discussed than others (e.g. autism, ADHD). One of the lesser known and recognized is Disorder of Written Expression, which is also referred to as dysgraphia.
The primary indicator of this disorder is “the inability to write near the level expected based on a person’s age, intelligence and education.” Often parents and teachers may witness the child having significant handwriting, spelling, grammar, and/or organizational difficulties. The child may also feel pain when writing (due to poor motor skills).
This disorder can be diagnosed by psychologists familiar with the assessment of learning disorders. Intervention is possible, with many experiencing improvements.
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