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Re: Dysgraphia , the student, and ESE
I'm not sure why you are presenting your view as if it were an argument against something I may have posted on my web site. I actually agree with almost everything you have written and certainly appreciate much of the information you have presented here. I have never suggested either that dysgraphia doesn't exist or that it should not be taken seriously, only that the term itself is often misused and misunderstood (as is dyslexia and most of the other “dis”es). As a school psychologist I have evaluated and diagnosed hundreds of legitimate cases of dysgraphia. It is the most common issue impacting the learning disabled population and indeed causes significant hardship and frustration for those involved. But I have also seen many cases in which parents have been grossly misled by professionals outside of the school system who have caused a great deal of confusion and needless conflict between parents and schools by suggesting that a child's apparent problem is much more serious than it really is. I stand by my assertion (posted on my site) that the term dysgraphia literally refers to a writing disorder, nothing more and nothing less. And since there is no objective or consistently applied criteria for the disorder, such a diagnosis may or may not actually be indicative of a pervasive or significant concern. But of course you are correct in suggesting that when a writing disorder is caused by significant underlying cognitive processing issues (such as those you and I have described) there will almost always be much broader impact. Again, I appreciate the information you have provided and merely wish to reiterate my caution for parents and educators not to overreact to the term without really understanding the specific needs of the individual child.