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What is Dysgraphia?


There are a number of learning challenges that often co-occur with Dyslexia. Many will have symptoms that can look like dyslexia symptoms. Dyslexia should be part of a full evaluation that looks at all areas of learning.

Dysgraphia is caused by a language disorder and may be characterised by the person having difficulty converting the sounds of language into written form (phonemes into graphemes), or knowing which alternate spelling to use for each sound. A person with dysgraphia may write their letters in reverse, have trouble recalling how letters are formed, or when to use lower or upper case letters. A person with dysgraphia may struggle to form written sentences with correct grammar and punctuation, with common problems including omitting words, words ordered incorrectly, incorrect verb and pronoun usage and word ending errors. People with dysgraphia may speak more easily and fluently than they write.

Dysgraphia is usually diagnosed during the early years of school. 


Learning as much as you can about Dysgraphia can help with easing anxiety. It can guide you to make more informed choices when you can see how much you can do for your teenager.  Also meeting other parents that have a teenager with Dysgraphia or joining an online support group which help support you. Working closely with your teenagers’ school to ensure all the right services and resources are in place for them

Parents of teenagers with Dysgraphia can help their teenager by doing the following:

  • Have assistive tools such as speech to text programs so they don’t need to write their thoughts on paper
  • Allow to write on a whiteboard instead of paper which doesn’t require staying between the lines
  • Allow to answer questions from lessons verbally
  • Try pencil grips or other writing aids for comfort
  • Allow to use a computer to write
  • Getting Occupational Therapy for your teenager to help improve the hand strength and fine motor skills needed to write by hand
  • Speaking positively to your teenager, believing in them and focusing on their strengths will help empower them

Agatha Christie was one famous person that had Dysgraphia. It never stopped her from being a bestselling novelist.
“It was quite true and I knew and accepted it. It did not worry or distress me” - Agatha Christie

For concerns we recommend speaking with your Paediatrician or for further information please visit: https://dyslexiaassociation.org.au/

Special thanks to Australian Dyslexia Association for content sharing and linking to provide further information and direction for families with any concerns.

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