Regardless of their reading ability, people with dysgraphia have difficulty writing, and may have problems with spelling, writing legibly, or putting their thoughts on paper.
Kids and teens with dysgraphia may have:
poor fine-motor skills
Students with dysgraphia may:
frequently misspell words or incorrectly place words on a page
have an exceptionally slow and difficult time writing
have an awkward pencil grip
have messy or illegible handwriting
have trouble taking notes or tests or completing their schoolwork
avoid writing and become extremely frustrated with schoolwork
What Teachers Can Do
If you think a student might have dysgraphia, recommend seeking an educational evaluation to a parent or guardian, an administrator, or a school counselor.
Writing is one of the most important keys to academic success. Give students with dysgraphia plenty of extra time to practice their writing skills. Teach them how to organize their thoughts and encourage them to edit and proofread their work.
If students continue to struggle with handwriting, try:
using graph paper, wide-ruled paper, or paper with raised lines
allowing students with dysgraphia to choose the writing utensils they are most comfortable with
making sure the pencil is properly positioned, using a tripod grasp, which means the pencil should rest near the base of the thumb and be held in place with the thumb, index, and middle fingers (certain kinds of pencil grips can be helpful, too)
modifying the writing utensil grip as needed
recommending occupational therapy to help with writing skills
Additional accommodations may be necessary, including:
giving more time to complete tests and written assignments
allowing for oral and visual assessments of knowledge
using assistive technology, such as word processing and note-taking software