August 19 2017 0Comment

When to seek help:

  • Messy handwriting
  • Poorly controlled writing
  • Experiencing pain while writing
  • Written words can’t be readout
  • Pressing too hard while writing
  • Very slow writing
  • Writing very fast
  • Reluctant to write
  • Gives up writing too easily

Dysgraphia: Difficulty in writing

How to identify Dysgraphia

  • Difficulty in shape-discrimination and letter spacing
  • Trouble in organizing words on the page from left to right
  • Writes letters that go in all directions, and letters and words that run together on the page
  • Has a hard time writing on a line and inside margins
  • Copies text slowly
  • Has trouble holding a pencil correctly, tracing, tying shoes, doing puzzles
  • Is unable to use scissors well or to color inside the lines
  • Has trouble getting ideas down on paper quickly
  • Has trouble understanding the rules of games
  • Has a hard time following directions
  • Has a hard time understanding spelling rules
  • As trouble telling if a word is misspelled
  • Can spell correctly orally but makes spelling errors in writing
  • Spells words incorrectly and in many different ways
  • Has trouble using spell-check—and when he does, he doesn’t recognize the correct word
  • Mixes upper- and lowercase letters
  • Has trouble reading his own writing
  • Avoids writing
  • Gets a tired or cramped handed when he writes
  • Erases a lot

What can be done?

  • Seek Occupational Therapist help
  • The Therapist will need to assess the level of functioning in the following areas:
    • VMI (Visual Motor Integration)
    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Visual Perceptual skills
    • Bilateral motor Coordination skills
    • Sensory Processing difficulties (attention, posture, tactile etc.
    • Cognition (memory, problem-solving, reasoning etc.

Answers to the problem of writing