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

By Erica Patino

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In middle school, the signs of dysgraphia may be more noticeable as writing demands get more intense. The following signs are typical of dysgraphia. Some of these signs can also be seen with other issues, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

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

Dysgraphia can aect your child’s writing skills in a number of ways–from the physical act of writing to putting thoughts on paper. Here’s what you might see in your middle-schooler.

Avoids Writing Tasks
At home:
Your child makes excuses and tries to avoid writing assignments.
At school:
Your child turns in written work that’s incomplete.
The issue:
Dysgraphia can make many aspects of writing difficult. This can make kids feel frustrated and discouraged.

Makes Lots of Writing Errors
At home:
Your child’s handwritten notes are hard to read; the letters are drawn poorly or are a mixture of print and cursive.
At school:
Your child turns in papers that have missing words or unfinished sentences.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia often have difficulty using proper spacing and writing on a line. This can make the act of writing exhausting.
Has Trouble Putting Thoughts on Paper

At home:
Your child has a hard time coming up with ideas for writing assignments.
At school:
Your child flounders at writing compare-and contrast essays.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia can struggle with “higher-order cognition”—using critical thinking and original thought in writing.
Can’t Write Down a Coherent Story
At home:
Even if your child can tell a story aloud, he has trouble putting it into writing.
At school:
Your child omits important facts from papers.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia have difficulty organizing language in writing, even when ideas are clear to them.
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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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