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Dysgraphia: What You’re Seeing in Your Grade-Schooler

By Erica Patino

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It is not uncommon for the first signs of dysgraphia to show up in elementary school. Grade-schoolers have to do things like copy letters, words, numbers and shapes. The following are common signs of dysgraphia. Some of these can also be seen with other issues, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

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Dysgraphia: What You’re Seeing in Your Grade-Schooler

Grade-schoolers might run into writing problems, including issues with spelling and handwriting. Find out why these could be signs of dysgraphia.
Spells Poorly
At home:
Your child has trouble spelling familiar words in a basic note he
leaves you.
At school:
Your child will spell the same word differently, even on the same page.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia often struggle with the mechanics of writing, including spelling.
Has Messy Handwriting
At home:
Your child’s writing is so sloppy that he often can’t read back what he wrote.
At school:
Your child’s papers are filled with erasures or cross-outs.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia can struggle with spatial skills, such as lining up letters and using proper spacing
between words.
Has Diculty Putting Words on Paper
At home:
Your child complains that he can’t think of what to write for his assignment.
At school:
Your child uses vague words or repeats the same words over and over in sentences.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia can have trouble processing language, which can make writing tasks seem overwhelming.
Misuses Punctuation and Capitalization
At home:
Your child often mixed capital and lowercase letters in the middle of words.
At school:
Your child is in fifth grade and still omits periods and question marks from sentences.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia can have trouble with working memory. Remembering the rules of language can be difficult.
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Erica Patino

Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Jan 02, 2014 Jan 02, 2014

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