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The influence of dysgraphia on academic achievement of adolescents

Bine Skodlar (2013) The influence of dysgraphia on academic achievement of adolescents. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    In my diploma thesis I focused on adolescents with dysgraphia, their difficulties and on successful ways to help them. Writing is a complex visual-motor skill and complex process that is even more diffucult for some students with learning disabilities. Learning difficulites can range from mild to severe and can be short term or last for a lifetime. All learning disabilities are casued by a neurological disorder. Dysgraphia is a learning disability that effects writing. It shows as a difficulty to transform thoughts in written form, difficulties with handwriting and partial inability to remember how to make letters and aritmethic symbols. They also have trouble mastering the use of rules of writen language. The symptoms of dysgraphia in a child differ from those of an adolescent. Adolescents with dysgraphia have more complex problems. Such as combining higher cognitive functions with the skill of writing, expresing thoughts on paper and organizing the writen language. There is also a big gap between their actual abilites and how they perform using written language. They have difficulties with executive functioning, specially with organization, planning and metakognition. Adolescents with dysgraphia will make a lot of mistakes due to their difficulites. That makes them feel incompetent and that effects their self-esteem which can lead to emotional problems. The teachers task in school is to support the adolescent and accommodate them acordingly. Special education teacher should empower adolescent with strategies that can help them overcome their difficulties. All of the school staff must contribute to maintain a positive school climate and try to create the best conditions possible for the sake of everyone involved in the school process. The adolescents can do a lot for themselfs. They can learn the basics of self-advocacy, strategies for improving their executive functions and they can find assistive technology that can help them. There are also many programs and guided activites after school or in their own comunities that they can join. The goal of those programs is to improve their school and social skills.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: adolescents, learning difficulties, dysgraphia
    Number of Pages: 35
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marija KavklerMentor
    asist. dr. Milena Košak BabuderComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9775433)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1762
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 14:24
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 14:24
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1762

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