Types of Dysgraphia:
With dyslexic dysgraphia, spontaneously written work is illegible; copied work is fairly good and spelling is bad.
Motor dysgraphia is due to deficient fine motor skills, poor dexterity, poor muscle tone, and/or unspecified motor clumsiness. Generally, written work is poor to illegible, even if copied by sight from another document.
Letter formation may be acceptable in very short samples of writing, but this requires extreme effort and an unreasonable amount of time to accomplish, and cannot be sustained for a significant length of time. The learning of keyboarding skills is often a solution for these students.
Treatment for dysgraphia varies and may include treatment for motor disorders to help control writing movements.
Occupational therapy should be considered to correct an inefficient pencil grasp, strengthen muscle tone, improve dexterity, and evaluate eye-hand co-ordination.
Dysgraphic children should also be evaluated for ambidexterity, which can delay fine motor skills in early childhood.
Jenni Wiles – Read Auckland