Agraphia: When Writing Isn’t as Easy as ABC

Agraphia: When Writing Isn’t as Easy as ABC

The word “agraphia” means “the inability to write”. Some people have this problem when they are young and their brain doesn’t develop properly. They don’t learn how to read or write well enough.

Their brains aren’t developed enough to form words correctly yet. They may not even be able to spell them correctly at all! Other people have it later in life. They’re not completely unable to write yet, but they just lack the ability to do so properly. These people often struggle with grammar and spelling. Sometimes they can’t even get their thoughts across clearly on paper.

There’s no way around it; there’s something wrong with your brain if you can’t write well enough to express yourself clearly on paper.

But what does it mean to write “well enough”?

Well, let’s say you want to make a list of everything you ate today. You could go through every single piece of food you’ve eaten since yesterday and put them into a list.

That would take some time, right? But instead, why don’t we use Google Sheets? Why don’t we create a spreadsheet where each cell represents one day?

Then, let’s say we made a column called “date”, and another column called “time”. We could fill out these columns with the current date and time. Then, in column three, we could write down everything that we ate on that day.

Sources & references used in this article:

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