Children & Checklist

The following Checklists may indicate a child has dysgraphia– children do not need to have all of these problems.


signs below may indicate someone has dysgraphia – they do not need to have all of these problems. However, if these issues continue beyond the time that the average child/student has grown out of them, they may indicate dysgraphia and advice should be sought.

checklist on dysgraphia

* Written text very poor considering language development.
* Poor motor control.
* Writing that is almost impossible to read.
* Mixture of printing and cursive writing on the same line.
* Writes in all directions, i.e. right slant then left slant.
* Big and small spaces between words.
* Different sized letters on the same line.
* Mixes up capital letters and lower case letters on the same line.
* Abnormal and irregular formation of letters.
* Very slow writing.
* Very slow copying from board.
* Does not follow margins.
* Grips the pen too tight and with a ‘fist grip’.
* Holds pen very low down so fingers almost touches the paper.
* Watches hand intently whilst actually writing.
* Poor spelling.
* Bizarre spelling.
* Problems with spelling wrong words i.e., ‘brot’ for brought and ‘stayshun’ for station.
* Problems with spelling words such as i.e. drink as ‘brink’.

Dysgraphia may only recently been recognised and does not have the same stigma surrounding it as dyslexia, but it is essential that it is recognised as soon as possible. If these problems are not picked up at an early age, they impact on a child’s self-esteem and take a long time to sort out.

A Teenagers Perspective

Take a look at what one young lady wrote on FaceBook. (Link below)

“I’ve had dysgraphia since I was little, so I’d like to help shed some light on some stuff for people who don’t really know what exactly it affects and such, and how a child/teen looks at it. Back when I was in kindergarten I’d get really frustrated trying to write the alphabet because it was harder for me, and soon after that my parents found out that I had Dysgraphia. Pretty much my whole life I’ve had bad hand writing and can’t draw well at all.

However, that was the only place where it’s really impeded me, and I’ve been lucky enough to excel at subjects even if I can’t write things for them legibly enough for the teacher to easily read. Over years and years of completing assignments from school that are written, I naturally continued to practice my writing and it’s getting better.

Nowadays as long as I focus on what I’m writing I can write in English fairly legibly, although if I’m copying things down in school I tend to rush and it can get very illegible to where I can’t even read what I wrote down. I had to recombat Dysgraphia again when I had to learn the Japanese alphabet(s) in my language class, but after hours of repeated practice I was able to get it down to where it was legible and hopefully the similar looking characters could be told apart. Over the years I’ve slowly gotten a bit better at drawing, but only if I concentrate on doing it for a while. I was lucky back in my 4th – 6th grade classes where my teacher knew about Dysgraphia and would allow me to type up any in class essays on the computers in the back of the class, but nowadays I’ve just had to grasp the skill of quickly writing for those in class writing assignments. Sometimes if it takes too long my arm does start to pain, and I have to stop for a while, but I usually just hold my arm close to me until it does go away then continue writing. I guess what I’m trying to say about Dysgraphia, is that it isn’t the end of the world, and with enough years passing by it isn’t as big as when you first had to write. I may always have pains when writing, and I probably won’t ever have great handwriting or be able to draw like my friends can, but if my teacher’s only criticism for an essay I write is that it was messy, I think I can live with that. Not to mention, with technology on the rise maybe one day there won’t be writing anymore, but just typing. Then we’ll all be on equal ground for legibility.

Just wanted to throw out some of my life experiences out there for anyone who may have a child who has Dysgraphia can know a bit more about it from an emotional view rather than a intellectual one.”

I think this is a lovely story, and as she say’s, ‘dysgraphia isn’t the end of the world’. Let’s keep in perspective, shall we?

Regards Maria

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