Dysgraphia: Signs of Sloppy Handwriting Could Mean More than Poor Fine Motor Development

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Writing is one of the most complex functions that a human can do. The problem could be a learning disability that is brain-based called Dysgraphia. Bad handwriting is common in children as they develop their fine motor skills.

What Is Dysgraphia? Dysgraphia is a learning disability that involves problems with the skill of writing. This condition affects processing in a child’s brain that involves the skills needed to write. This problem can affect one or more of the following abilities in a child: – Organizing thoughts – Expressing ideas through handwriting – Forming letters and numbers correctly – Spelling correctly (dyslexia.org)

What Causes Dysgraphia? Dysgraphia is a problem that is not caused by attentional problems or lack of handwriting practice. Handwriting that is sloppy usually deteriorates over the years. According to the dysgraphia information sheet from the International Dyslexia Association, some experts believe it involves a dysfunction between brain systems.

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