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What medical specialty to diagnose Dysgraphia?

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  • Posted By: randy47
  • December 1, 2008
  • 04:56 PM

Hi. We believe my son may have the learning disorder Dysgraphia. It is being addressed in school via their evaluators, but ETS (who administers the SAT) requires a medical diagnosis. They could not give me any guidance, and we are at a loss as to what medical specialty to go to for evaluation and diagnosis. He can do the regular parts of the SAT with no trouble but we are very concerned he will not be properly scored on the new written essay section of the test as his handwritten output is illegible to all.

Can you suggest the most appropriate specialist to see?

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  • Pediatric neurologist or child neuropsychologist. The latter would be a better place to start with a referral to neurology only if necessary. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • December 1, 2008
    • 11:21 PM
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  • Your pediatrician can probably suggest someone. They deal with questions like yours all the time.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 05:39 PM
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  • Thanks for the replies. We did speak to our pediatrician, but were referred back to the school evaluation process. At the time, we didn't know that ETS requirements were different. But, calling ETS themselves only got that it had to be an independent medical professional, NOT the school evaluators. :rolleyes: Thanks again for the suggestion.
    randy47 1 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 09:11 PM
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  • Talk to the evaluators at school, the OT (Occupational Therapist) usually diagnoses dysgraphia - which just means difficulty writing.-from a SSWHow is Dysgraphia Diagnosed?A parent or teacher would first be aware of the problem. A family physician will then generally refer the child to an occupational therapist who will do a battery of tests. These tests will look for prewriting skills including:Fine motor skillsVisuomotor integration (which involves being able to coordinate your hand and eyes together)Smooth strokesPerceptual discrimination of shapes/letters/numbersOrientation to printed pageAbility to recognize lettershttp://specialneedseducation.suite101.com/article.cfm/dysgraphia
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 3, 2009
    • 03:20 AM
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