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Learning disabilities can often be mistaken by laziness or by not paying attention in class. Especially among Hispanic communities, parents can be extra strict about their children’s education. This is why it’s so important to be involved in your kid’s education and take the time to sit next to them when they’re doing their homework. There are several learning disabilities like dyslexia or ADHD, but chances are you’ve never heard of dysgraphia.
Dysgraphia is a condition that causes trouble with writing. If your child has trouble expressing themselves in writing, or simply holding a pencil and organizing letters in a line, this might be the reason. Many children have trouble spelling and putting their thoughts in writing. This can affect them academically, socially, and even emotionally. Many things like buttoning a shirt or being sloppy can be because of dysgraphia.
What are the symptoms?
- Trouble with distinguishing shapes
- Trouble with letter spacing
- Difficulty organizing words from left to right
- Can’t write in a straight line
- Trouble using scissors, tying shoes, doing puzzles, or texting
- Trouble drawing or drawing shapes
- Writes very slowly
- Trouble focusing or can’t follow directions
- Can spell orally, but not in writing
- Writes run-on sentences
Learning disabilities are more common than you think, so it’s important to catch them early in order to use strategies and therapies to help the child improve their writing. The best thing to do is to seek professional help to make sure your child suffers from this. There are things that you could do at home, such as taking notes to see what your child has the most difficulty with and communicate this with their teachers. Help them do writing exercises and even play games that can help with their wrist muscles and coordination. By doing this you can help your child improve their writing and help them get the help they need early on in their education.