Dysgraphia is a language-based learning disorder caused by a neurological difference in the brain. It affects written expression. It is often characterized by a struggle to write down thoughts, learned material or directions down on paper or written in an organized manner. It can be closely related to dyslexia in the fact that is both a neurological disorder and that it is closely tied to language-based learning. It does not affect intelligence.
Dysgraphia is a life-long learning difference that with the right kind of educational approach and support can help remediate writing struggles. Symptoms vary depending on a person’s age, but signs generally begin to appear when starting to learn to write. At Trident Academy, we use a very structured, multi-sensory teaching methodology developed by the Academy of Orton-Gillinham Practioners and Educators (AOGPE) to help our students. The Orton-Gillingham approach is recognized as the premier approach to teaching children with dyslexia, but works in tandem with teaching children with dysgraphia. Trident Academy is 1 of only 14 schools in the United States accredited by the AOGPE. The Orton-Gillingham approach is based on 70+ years of teaching practice and instructional philosophies. It is highly diagnostic and provides an individualized teaching approach that is structured, systematic and multi-sensory to anchor students’ learning.