Trouble With Handwriting Dysgraphia

The longer I teach my kids with dyslexia, the more I understand the many areas that are affected by this subtle wiring difference in the brain.  Take handwriting for example.  Just as kids with dyslexia have unexpected trouble with reading, kids with dysgraphia have unexpected trouble with handwriting

The two struggles often come together, likely because the two skills are controlled in the same area of the brain. (The prefrontal cortex, if you really want to know.)  

If your child is having difficulties with handwriting, copying, or even organizing their thoughts to write – it could be because of dysgraphia.

Signs of Dysgraphia

Your child may have dysgraphia if his writing skills lag behind those of his peers and he has at least some of these symptoms:

In Early Writers

Tight, awkward pencil grip and body position

Avoiding writing or drawing tasks

Trouble forming letter shapes

Inconsistent spacing between letters or words

Poor understanding of uppercase and lowercase letters

Inability to write or draw in a line or within margins

Tiring quickly while writing

In Young Students

Illegible handwriting

Mixture of cursive and print writing

Saying words out loud while writing

Concentrating so hard on writing that comprehension of what’s written is missed

Trouble thinking of words to write

Omitting or not finishing words in sentences

In Teenagers and Adults

Trouble organizing thoughts on paper

Trouble keeping track of thoughts already written down

Difficulty with syntax structure and grammar

Large gap between written ideas and understanding demonstrated through speech

What to do if Your Child has Dysgraphia

There is help for kids with dysgraphia.  Help is a 3-pronged approach:

  • Modifications:  changing handwriting requirements for example, not requiring written schoolwork for a time
  • Remediation:  strengthening the underlying weaknesses causing handwriting difficulties
  • Accommodations:  allowing the use of tools to help with weak handwriting skills such as text-to-speech programs or allowing dictation of written work

For more information on Teaching Writing to Kids With Dysgraphia, see our parent class:

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Find the Help Your Child With Dysgraphia Needs

The way to help your child to become a competent writer is:

  1. to understand what dysgraphia is
  2. learn what causes dysgraphia
  3. learn proven methods for teaching, and mastering handwriting

You will find all of that in this online course, Teaching Writing to Kids With Dysgraphia.

Visit the our courses page for information on our other parent classes or here for complete information on our brand new dysgraphia class:  Teaching Writing to Kids With Dysgraphia.