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Symptoms of Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is a specific neurological disorder in which an individual may experience difficulty with writing or fine motor skills. It is common in children but dysgraphia can also impact adults as well. Dysgraphia can present itself with a variety of different symptoms, some of which include:

  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor spelling
  • Difficulty forming letters
  • Wrong sizing or spacing for letters
  • Difficulty copying words
  • Unusual or stiff hand positions while holding pencils and pens
  • Difficulty forming sentences or adhering to grammar rules
  • Omitting letters or words

Waystone’s Straightforward but Powerful Process of Growth

Our experience enables us to offer clients a straightforward process to recovery. Having said that, you can rest assured that we do not use a cookie-cutter approach but rather treat each client with the individualized care and attention that you deserve.

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Dysgraphia Diagnosis And Evaluation With Waystone Psychology

Learning how to write is an extremely large focus during a child’s elementary schooling years. If your child isn’t meeting expectations for their writing skills, an evaluation is highly recommended to determine whether they may or may not have dysgraphia. This knowledge can help identify problems and improve writing and fine motor skills in the future with access to professionals and resources.

At Waystone, a handwriting assessment can be carried out by one of our psychologists, neuropsychologists, educational evaluators, or school psychologists. By reaching out to Waystone, you can advocate for your child’s interests and secure the resources and accommodations they need to succeed.

It’s extremely important to intervene early on in order to help children improve any self-image or self-confidence issues that could be harmed by continuous academic difficulty and peer comparisons. Contact Waystone today to get started!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common learning disabilities in Canada?

The most common learning disabilities in Canada are:

  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Processing Deficits

If you suspect that you or your child has a learning disability, contact us today.

Do kids outgrow dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a lifelong condition and there’s no official cure. This is why contacting professionals like those at Waystone is extremely important. This way your child is exposed to intervention early on in order to set habits and practice from the get-go.

Does having a Learning Disability mean you can’t learn?

Absolutely not! People with learning disabilities are often intelligent and some are even gifted. Learning disabilities mean that those living with them have brains which work differently. In order to learn the best, those with learning disabilities need to be taught in ways which take into consideration their strengths and weaknesses.

How can I know if me or my child has a learning disability?

Since learning disabilities are invisible, psychological tests must be performed to determine the extent, if any, of a learning disability in an individual. At Waystone Psychology, we perform Psychoeducational Assessments to determine learning challenges faced by people of all ages. Our tests are highly effective in assessing strengths & challenges faced by individual learners.

What’s the difference between dysgraphia and dyslexia?

Dysgraphia impacts writing ability and fine motor skills whereas dyslexia impacts reading skills. Dyslexia and dysgraphia are two different neurological conditions although they can both occur in individuals.

How to help children with dysgraphia?

Contacting professionals like those at Waystone is the best way to ensure your child receives the best treatment possible. Occupational therapy is extremely common for treating dysgraphia in children. This type of therapy might include manipulating materials to strengthen wrists and hand muscles and letter formation practice. Below are a few other small techniques that can help your child handle dysgraphia:

  • Change your current paper or writing utensils
  • Try hand stretches
  • Practice writing larger letters
  • Introduce keyboards or typing to alleviate some stress or pressure
  • Use narration or speaking during the writing process