If your child is diagnosed with disgraphia it can be confusing for parents. Dysgraphia is a learning disability that makes the physical act of writing a challenge. Writing involves a complicated set of motor and processing ability. Some people with dysgraphia have struggled with spelling, handwriting and creating written work.
Some children had a difficult time remaining in their seats or stop doing work in the first or second grade. Children can begin to notice they are unable to complete assignments that other children finish easily. Some children can begin exhibits symptoms of anxiety or depression. problems sleeping. Teachers notice that children can not form letters and have much difficulty holding a pencil.
Help for Parents
Parents may not know what is the problem or what to do. Parents need to ask the child’s school to do an evaluation for an individualized educational plan or an IEP. Discuss your child problems with dysgraphia Your child will go through testing to evaluate any learning disabilities or processing problems. A team of experts evaluates the child. The results of the evaluation helps the parents and the school provide interventions to help the child.
Diagnosed with Dysgraphia
Diagnosed with dysgraphia at age six or seven, children can develop a lack of self-confidence that has followed them throughout a lifetime. The most crippling is a blow to a child’s self-esteem, not being able to succeed at tasks that other children of similar ages are able to complete easily. Individuals struggle with difficulties with fine motor skills, physical organization skills, attention difficulties, as well as following directions that require visual-spatial processing.
Neurobiology of Dysgraphia
The brain takes direction from the environment through one or more of the five senses. The directions pass from the left hemisphere to the right hemisphere. The information needed to complete a written task passes through a bundle of nerves known as the corpus callosum. A normal corpus callosum functions as an open gate for information. A child diagnosed with dysgraphia, this gate is blocked resulting in a lack of memory of previous learned information.
A young child learning letter and number formations, the left hemisphere (short-term memory) is activated. After a period, the learned information passes through the corpus callosum into the right hemisphere where it is stored in the (long-term memory). The new ability is learned and the child writes letters and numbers easily.
Dysgraphia stops the information moving from the right hemisphere to the left stopping new information to move to the long term memory. As a result a child has no memory of formulating letters and numbers. Each time the child experiences writing as if it is the first time.