Producing written text is a complex process requiring the carefully coordinated interaction between motor processes (such as handwriting) and many language and literacy processes. 

Difficulties in written expression can be linked to a range of factors.  These can include:
  • Motor coordination issues that make the process of handwriting more challenging,
  • Language processing issues that make it harder for students to organise their thoughts whilst writing,
  • Weaknesses in their overall literacy skills that make it more difficult for children to spell with accuracy,
  • A combination of the above factors. 
When students experience ongoing struggles with spelling and expressing themselves through writing, despite additional support and intervention, it is possible that these students have a specific learning disorder in the area of written expression. This is commonly referred to as Dysgraphia.

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