Dysgraphia Research Paper

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Learning Disabilities: Dysgraphia
Age: 8 years
Britni Simpson
OCCT 2028
February 28, 2016

I. Diagnosis
A. Etiology and disease process:
Learning disabilities are defined as disorders that affect the ability to comprehend and use spoken or written language, understand mathematical calculations, synchronize movements, or direct attention (NINDS, 2015). These disorders are usually not recognized until a child reaches school age, although they do occur in very young children (NINDS, 2015). Fortunately, there is an abundance of information and research on specific learning disorders, and there are detailed assessment techniques, and occupational therapy focused treatments associated with this disorders.
Research has recently
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Interventions for Dysgraphia not only assess handwriting, but also considers other health conditions such as psychological, physical, and neurologic that may potentially have an impact on performance (Solomon, 2011). Intervention will be determined by the level of the condition and the demands of the child.
II. Occupational Therapy Evaluation:
A. Activities of Daily Living
• Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)
• The COPM is an individualized interview designed to identify problem areas in occupational performance and assist in goal setting over the course of occupational therapy intervention. It is a formal test and can be used on all ages (Mary Law, 1999).
• The COPM will allow you to assess an eight year old child diagnosed with Dysgraphia in self-care such as, dressing, feeding, and brushing his or her teeth. This will allow you to observe fine motor skills such as, the grip used when holding utensils, brushing teeth, and when zipping zippers.

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