Dysgraphia is a neurological processing disorder of written expression that impairs fine motor and writing skills. Dysgraphia can impact skills related to handwriting, typing, and overall spelling. Occupational therapy (OT) is the main way to help kids who demonstrate difficulties with these skills by working to improve their fine motor skills and motor planning.
Common symptoms associated with dysgraphia are:
- Illegible handwriting
- Difficulty organizing thoughts on paper
- Avoids writing or drawing
- Omits or leaves words unfinished in writing
- Tight or awkward pencil grip and body positioning
- Difficulty writing regardless of ability to read
- Says words out loud while writing
- Trouble copying words from the board to paper
- Tries quickly while writing
By getting a full evaluation, occupational therapists can help to better understand your child’s challenges and strengths in relation to these skills.
Listed below are links to activities you can do at home to help your child with Dysgraphia:
With warmth and gratitude,
The Fox Team