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Dysgraphia: Tips for Comprehensive Evaluation and Collaboration 

by | Nov 28, 2023 | Academic | 0 comments

Dysgraphia is a term that often sparks questions and concerns among parents, teachers, and school psychs. Let’s unravel the intricacies of dysgraphia and explore two essential tips for navigating dysgraphia evaluations. If you want to watch the recording where I discussed this topic live, click here.

Define Dysgraphia: A Closer Look at Varied Perspectives

Similar to dyslexia, dysgraphia carries multiple interpretations, making understanding them vital to ascertain its definition. Some understand it to mean motor difficulties in writing, while others focus on challenges in expressing thoughts on paper. The first step is clarifying the referring person’s perspective to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. Are we honing in on motor skills or delving into cognitive aspects like attention, memory, or executive functioning? By understanding the intended meaning, school psychs pave the way for a thorough assessment, addressing the unique needs associated with dysgraphia.

Collaborative Assessment: Streamlining Evaluation Efforts

In the world of dysgraphia evaluations, collaboration is key. Communication becomes paramount when working with other assessment professionals, such as occupational therapists or special education teachers. Understanding what each professional is assessing ensures a streamlined and effective evaluation process. For instance, if motor skills are a concern, coordinating with an occupational therapist helps avoid unnecessary duplication of tests. Similarly, awareness of the tools used by different team members enables a more informed and efficient evaluation. By fostering collaboration, school psychs optimize their efforts and ensure a holistic understanding of the student’s abilities.

Dysgraphia may present itself in various forms, and by defining dysgraphia based on the referring person’s perspective and fostering collaboration with other assessment professionals, school psychs equip themselves to complete a comprehensive evaluation and help provide tailored support and interventions.

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