Handwriting Development

  • Handwriting Development

    Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder that makes the act of writing difficult. Children diagnosed with Dysgraphia find it difficult to perform handwriting tasks, have difficulty with spelling, and find putting their thoughts on paper very challenging. They may hold a pencil/pen incorrectly and may tire very easily while writing. Their writing production will often be of poor quality and illegible, with the writing process often slow and laborious. There are certain things you can begin to observe in a child with Dysgraphia even before school age.

    Things to look for in very young children include:

    • General motor clumsiness
    • Frequently dropping items
    • Inability to firmly grasp objects
    • An awkward grip on spoons, toys, crayons etc
    • Tiring quickly while drawing or coloring


  • Once a child begins school there are other writing issues that a child with dysgraphia will experience:

    • Trouble forming letters and shapes
    • Poor understanding of uppercase and lowercase letters
    • Illegible handwriting but very strong verbal skills
    • Errors with spelling, punctuation, and writing conventions
    • Writes very slowly and fatigues easily
    • Awkward and ineffective pencil grip
    • Inconsistent spacing between letters and words
  • Treatment for Dysgraphia can vary depending on the type a child is exhibiting. A thorough evaluation can determine the proper treatment course to address a child’s specific needs.

    Treatment options can include strengthening activities, visual perception programs, and use of structured handwriting programs to support changes and development of this area of need.

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