Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills. Dysgraphia makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting and putting thoughts on paper. People with dysgraphia can have trouble organizing letters, numbers and words on a line or page. They might also have visual-spatial difficulties.

People with dysgraphia can often write on some level and may experience difficulty with other fine motor skills, such as tying shoes.

Warning Signs of Dysgraphia

  • An awkward grip on spoons, toys, crayons etc.
  • Inability to firmly grasp objects
  • Lack of interest in using certain toys, such as puzzles, due to inability to hold and place them properly
  • Lack of coordination in all areas of the body, especially the hands.
  • Tiring quickly at drawing or colouring.
  • Unable to properly throw a ball.
  • Frequently dropping items.
  • Tight pencil grip
  • Bending/ twisting the body while writing
  • Illegible handwriting or printing
  • Becoming exhausted while writing or doing homework
  • Flexing the hand because of tightness or cramping
  • Inability to keep words or letters on the line
  • A noticeable size difference in letters and numbers
  • Excellent oral presentation but poor when written. i.e. child does well on an oral spelling test but not on written tests.
  • Words or sentences are left incomplete