Dysgraphia Pre-School Children’s Checklist
* Age Range approximately up 3 to 5 years

The following Dysgraphia Pre-School Children’s Checklist may indicate a child has dysgraphia – children do not need to have all of these problems. However, if these issues continue beyond the time that the average child has grown out of them, they may indicate dysgraphia and advice should be sought.

For ease of reading, he should be transposed for she when appropriate.

Mechanical side of hand-writing

Does the child:

• Grip the pen too tight and / or with a ‘fist grip’.
• Appear to have difficulty with the physical part of colouring.
• Have poor motor control.
• Repeatedly say his hand hurts when colouring.
• Refuse or is reluctant to colour or write.

Other Indications

Does the child have difficulty:

• Tracing over letters.
• Staying in lines when colouring.
• When trying to complete ‘dot to dot’.
• Following the line (to get to rabbit hutch for instance).

The earlier dysgraphia is diagnosed, the easier it is to ensure the child receives the correct support at home and at school. Although there is no cure for dysgraphia, research has shown the problems can be alleviated with the proper tuition.

Please bear in mind that children vary tremendously at this age.

An Educational Psychologist can diagnose someone with dysgraphia.

This is a guide only and does not constitute medical advice.

©Maria Chivers January 2018