To put it simply, the word ‘dysgraphia’ means difficulty expressing thoughts in writing. It is a neurological disorder that causes a person’s writing to be distorted or incorrect.
In children, the disorder generally appears when they are beginning to write. They make inappropriately sized and spaced letters, or write incorrect or misspelled words, even with thorough instruction. Children with dysgraphia may have other learning disabilities; however, they usually have no social or other academic problems.
Cases of dysgraphia in adults generally appear after a traumatic event. In addition to poor handwriting, dysgraphia is characterized by wrong or odd spelling, and production of words that are not correct (i.e., using “boy” for “child”). The cause of the disorder is not yet known.
Treatment for dysgraphia varies and may include treatment for motor disorders to help control writing movements. Other treatments may address impaired memory or other neurological problems. Some physicians recommend that individuals with dysgraphia use computers to avoid the problems of handwriting.