What's the Difference Between Dysgraphia and Dyslexia?

What’s the difference between dysgraphia and dyslexia?

They are both learning issues. But dyslexia primarily affects reading, while dysgraphia mainly affects writing. After reading this article, you will learn how to tell them apart.

Dysgraphia involves difficulty with the physical act of writing. Its sufferers may also find it difficult to organize and express their thoughts and ideas in written form.

But dyslexia is different. It involves difficulty with reading. Dyslexia can also affect writing, spelling and speaking. People living with it may find it hard to isolate sounds, match sounds to letters or blend sounds into words.

Specific signs are different:

Signs of dysgraphia:

  • Illegible handwriting
  • Slow, labored writing
  • Trouble gripping a pencil
  • Incorrect punctuation
  • Trouble organizing information when writing

Signs of dyslexia:

  • Difficulty reading
  • Trouble sounding out words
  • Trouble memorizing sight words
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts when speaking


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