Dysgraphia in Alzheimer's Disease: A Review for Clinical and Research Purposes

Neils-Strunjas, Jean; Groves-Wright, Kathy; Mashima, Pauline; Harnish, Stacy
December 2006
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Dec2006, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p1313
Academic Journal
Purpose: This article presents a critical review of literature on dysgraphia associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Research presented includes discussions of central and peripheral spelling impairments as well as the impact of general, nonlinguistic cognitive functions on dysgraphia associated with AD. Method: The studies critically reviewed were from a variety of disciplines, with emphasis on seminal work, recent literature, and the first author 's research. Conclusions: Studies have shown that writing impairment is heterogeneous within the AD population; however, there are certain aspects of the writing process that are more vulnerable than others and may serve as diagnostic signs. Identifying patterns of writing impairment at different stages of AD may help to chart disease progression and assist in the development of appropriate interventions.


Related Articles

  • Cognitive structure of writing disorders in Russian: What would Luria say? Weekes, Brendan Stuart; Kozintseva, Elena; Skvortsov, Anatoly; Ulicheva, Anastasia; Vlasova (Zaykova), Anna // Behavioural Neurology;2012, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p223 

    Acquired disorders of writing in the Russian language have been reported for more than a century. The study of these disorders reflects the history of Russian neuropsychology and is dominated by the syndrome approach most notably by the writings of Luria. Indeed, our understanding of acquired...

  • dysgraphia. Peters, Michael // BMA A-Z Family Medical Encyclopedia;2004, p250 

    An encyclopedia entry for "dysgraphia" is presented. It refers to problems with writing.

  • Allographic agraphia for single letters. Weekes, Brendan Stuart; Menichelli, Alina; Machetta, Francesca; Zadini, Antonella; Semenza, Carlo // Behavioural Neurology;2012, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p233 

    The case is reported of a patient (PS) who, following acute encephalitis with residual occipito-temporal damage, showed a selective deficit in writing cursive letters in isolation, but no difficulty to write cursive-case words and non-words. Notably, he was able to recognize the same allographs...

  • logagraphia.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2009);2009, Issue 21, p1361 

    A definition of the term "logagraphia," which refers to the inability of writing words, is presented.

  • Sampling strategies for model free linkage analyses of quantitative traits: Implications for sib pair studies of reading and spelling disabilities to minimize the total study cost. Ziegler, A. // European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry;1999 Supplement 3, Vol. 8, pS035 

    Abstract One approach to establish linkage is based on allele sharing methods for sib pairs. In recent years the use of selected sib pairs to increase power for mapping quantitative traits in humans has been discussed intensively. In this paper the different basic principles for sib pair...

  • Multiple levels of letter representation in written spelling: Evidence from a single case of dysgraphia with multiple deficits. de Partz, Marie-Pierre; Lochy, Aliette; Pillon, Agnesa // Behavioural Neurology;2005, Vol. 16 Issue 2/3, p119 

    In this paper, we report a detailed analysis of the impaired performance of a dysgraphic individual, AD, who produced similar rates of letter-level errors in written spelling, oral spelling, and typing. We found that the distribution of various letter error types displayed a distinct pattern in...

  • Deep dysgraphia in Turkish. Raman, Ilhan; Weekes, Brendan Stuart // Behavioural Neurology;2005, Vol. 16 Issue 2/3, p59 

    Deep dysgraphic patients make semantic errors when writing to dictation and they cannot write nonwords. Extant reports of deep dysgraphia come from languages with relatively opaque orthographies. Turkish is a transparent orthography because the bidirectional mappings between phonology and...

  • Acquired Alexia With Agraphia Syndrome in Childhood. Paquier, Philippe F.; Hyo Jung De Smet; Marl├źn, Peter; Poznariski, Nathalie; Van Bogaert, Patrick // Journal of Child Neurology;Apr2006, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p324 

    The acquired alexia with agraphia syndrome is a conspicuous disorder of reading and writing iii the absence of significant other language impairments that has mainly been recorded in adults. Pure cases are rare, with most patients displaying mild aphasic deficits. In children, acquired reading...

  • pseudagraphia.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1800 

    The article presents a definition of the term "pseudagraphia." It refers to a kind of agraphia in which a person lacks the ability to write independently but can copy words or letters.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics