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Dysgraphia: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler

By Erica Patino

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Tasks like holding a pencil and tracing letters can be very difficult for some young learners. Here are some common signs of dysgraphia in preschoolers. 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 Preschooler

Is your preschooler struggling with writing more than other kids her age? Here are some signs that could point to dysgraphia.

Struggles With the Physical Act of Writing
At home:
Your child has an awkward grip when holding a crayon.
At school:
Your child complains that writing and drawing make her hand tired.
The issue:
Many kids with dysgraphia have trouble using small muscles, like the ones in their hands.

Has Difficulty Drawing Lines and Shapes

At home:
Your child struggles with activities such as connect-the-dots.
At school:
Your child wanders outside the lines when writing or coloring.
The issue:
Kids with dysgraphia have trouble doing tasks that require keeping track of how things look and connect.

Has Trouble Copying or Tracing

At home:
Your child makes letters too small or too big when tracing.
At school:
Your child copies letters much slower than other kids her age, even after practice.
The issue:
Many kids with dysgraphia nd it hard to replicate what they see on paper or on the board.

Tires Easily When Writing or Drawing
At home:
Your child rarely chooses coloring books during playtime.
At school:
Your child wiggles around and can’t get comfortable while drawing and writing.
The issue:
For kids with dysgraphia, writing and drawing can be discouraging because it’s so hard for them.
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Graphic of Dysgraphia: What you're seeing in your preschooler

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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. Mar 27, 2014 Mar 27, 2014

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