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Dysgraphia is a learning disorder that affects writing. Dysgraphia and dyslexia can have similar symptoms and its not uncommon for an adult to have both.
Learning to write is a skill that takes a lot of practice for almost everyone. When a child masters the skill of writing they can write quickly and legibly without getting tired. But for a child with dysgraphia the process can be slow and painful.
In adults with dysgraphia handwriting is not just messy it is illegible. They struggle with correct spacing, spelling and letter size. They might be able to express advanced idea but they don’t have the ability to put ideas on paper. They have difficulty holding their pencil and may write very slowly.
Dysgraphia can also affect other fine motor skills such as cutting food.
Dysgraphia is not a problem with intelligence, adults of all intellectual abilities can be affected by dysgraphia. Adults are more likely to suffer in relation to career opportunities at work which can hold a person back and impact their emotional state.
As adults you can:
Agatha Christie was one famous person that had dysgraphia. It never stopped her from being a bestselling novelist. On dysgraphia she wrote “It was quite true and I knew and accepted it. It did not worry or distress me”
Learning as much as you can about dysgraphia can help with easing anxiety. It can guide you to make more informed choices. Also meeting other adults that have dysgraphia by joining an online support group can help.
Special thanks to Australian Dyslexia Association for content sharing and linking to provide further information and direction for families with any concerns.