Dysgraphia is a childhood learning disorder that involves poor writing skills. It is also called disorder of written expression.
Dysgraphia is as common as other learning disorders.
A child can have dysgraphia only or along with other learning disabilities, such as:
Symptoms may include:
Other causes of learning disabilities must be ruled out before the diagnosis can be confirmed.
Special (remedial) education is the best approach to this type of disorder.
The degree of recovery depends on the severity of the disorder. Improvement is often seen after treatment.
Complications that may occur include:
Parents who are concerned about their child's writing ability should have their child tested by educational professionals.
Learning disorders often run in families. Affected or potentially affected families should make every effort to recognize problems early. Intervention can begin as early as preschool or kindergarten.
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.