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Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is a difficulty in automatically remembering and mastering the sequence of muscle motor movements needed in writing either letters or numbers. Dysgraphia is usually related to other learning problems, such as dyslexia

People with dysgraphia often have sequencing difficulties which is usually characterised by extremely poor handwriting. They also tend to mix up letters and numbers in formulas.

Characteristics include:

  1. Strong verbal but poor writing skills
  2. Poor punctuation or non-existent punctuation and poor syntax.
  3. Mixtures of print and cursive, upper and lower case, or irregular sizes, shapes or slant of letters in their writing

  4. Incomplete words or letters and omission of words or letters

  5. Inconsistent position on page with respect to lines and margins and inconsistent spaces between words and letters

  6. Cramped or unusual pen grip
  7. Slow or laboured copying or writing
  8. Talking to themselves whilst writing, or carefully watching the hand as they write.
  9. General illegibility