News – Handwriting

Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is a term that refers to trouble with writing. Many
experts view dysgraphia as challenges with a set of skills known as
transcription. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor
hand writing and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Dysgraphia is
often co-morbid with other conditions such as ADHD or DCD for
example.

Key Difficulties

  • Struggling to think of the words to write or using
    the incorrect word in a sentence.
  • Handwriting is illegible (poor formation, spacing,
    letter reversals, mixture of upper/lower case,
    unfinished letters )
  • Slow handwriting speed
  • Difficulties with spellings in free writing
  • Missing punctuation or poor use of grammar
  • Poor fine motor control
  • Unusual pencil grip
  • Tires quickly during handwriting or experiences
    pain
  • Refusal to complete handwriting tasks
  • Excellent ideas but not always able to “get
    these onto paper”.

Helpful Tips

  • Extra time to complete handwriting
  • Visual supports for learning
  • Alternative recording methods (touch typing is not
    always helpful for these children)
  • SnapType app
  • Specialist pencil grips
  • Key vocab lists and checklists
  • Speech to text software or Dictaphone’s
  • Time to proof read
  • Opportunities and time to visually plan work
  • Broken down instructions
  • Use coloured paper with raised lines or graph paper
  • when handwriting
  • Complete a fine motor skills programme

Further reading/helpful websites

  1. www.understood.org
  2. www.dyslexia.org.uk
  3. Dysgraphia: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Dysgraphia and Helping a Dysgraphic Child. By N.Brant
  4. Writing Right: A Story About Dysgraphia . By C.Baker (for children age 5-10 yrs)