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This condition refers to the inability of a person to perform cogent writing tasks at the same level as other people in a comparable demographic. This condition is not associated with below average intelligence quotients or with literacy rates. However, sometimes it is connected with specific types of speech impediments.

Unfortunately, this condition is a two-pronged issue because it influences both the language development portions of the brain as well as some of the motor-skills portions of the brain. The degree of severity concerning distortion of motor skills varies greatly as some small repetitive tasks are difficult to complete while other tasks requiring fine skills are unimpeded. Anyone from any type of background or age grouping can be diagnosed with dysgraphia.


Sometimes the unfortunate mistake is made in assessing a person as being lethargic or uncooperative when in fact it is a larger issue of suffering from a form of dysgraphia. Thus, if you notice a grouping of symptoms occurring on a regular basis it is probably further grounds for investigation as intervention as early as possible is crucial for dealing with this condition.

Some of the more noticeable signs of dysgraphia include constant pain or irritation in the hands, wrists and fingers. Often a person suffering from this condition will experience cramping issues after very brief time. Additional signs include behavior such as expressing difficulty in copying information and confusing letters often enough to reduce efficiency of writing.

Lastly, those who suffer from this condition can also be impacted by emotional consequences like anger, fear and depression because they are unable to communicate and express themselves in the same way as their peers.


Dysgraphia primarily concerns the brain, and specifically, the active-memory functions of the brain. Unfortunately, people who suffer from this condition are unable to send messages from different lobes of the brain to the proper nerves in order produce the adequate writing-function. Therefore, even though the brain may have conceived the ideal image, the body parts are unable to respond in a fashion that achieves the adequate reproduction of the mind’s image.


Great deals of the efforts to manage the debilitating impacts of this condition are focused on ways to help influence writing. As previously mentioned, early intervention is vital if the condition is detected during childhood.



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