For many parents, the term “academic difficulty” is exceptionally broad—and it should be. Academic difficulties, from ADHD to dysgraphia in children (and everything in-between), are part of a protected class of disability. If your child has one of these academic difficulties, he or she is entitled to a free, appropriate education.
But what about dysgraphia? Is that a learning disability, and what can you do if your child has it?
What is Dysgraphia in Children?
Dysgraphia is a condition that causes someone to have trouble expressing him- or herself through written expression. It’s a brain-based issue that makes it difficult for children to hold a pencil and organize letters on a straight line; many kids with dysgraphia have a tough time spelling and putting their thoughts on paper.
Is Dysgraphia in Children Considered an Academic Difficulty?
Children with dysgraphia are considered to have an academic difficulty that qualifies them for special education services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA.
Although IDEA doesn’t include the term dysgraphia, it does describe the condition under the “specific learning disability” category. The condition includes difficulty understanding or using language that’s either spoken or written, and it makes it difficult for children to:
- Organize their thoughts
- Perform mathematical calculations
Does Dysgraphia in Children Qualify for an IEP or 504 Plan?
In order to get your child the education he or she deserves, you’ll have to go through the formal process for initiating either of these plans.
Do You Need to Talk to an Educational Consultant?
We can help you throughout this journey—just call us at 615-714-0139 or contact us online. You can also download our free eBook, Dream Schools, Dream Home, which is packed with great information you can use to help your child and yourself.