Sunday, May 17, 2009

Munchkins handwriting

Handwriting, also known as a visual-motor integration problem, people with dyslexia often have poor, nearly illegible handwriting. Signs of dysgraphia include:

* Unusual pencil grip, often with the thumb on top of the fingers (a "fist grip")
* Young children will often put their head down on the desk to watch the tip of the pencil as they write
* The pencil is gripped so tightly that the child's hand cramps. The child will frequently put the pencil down and shake out his/her hand.
* Writing is a slow, labored, non-automatic chore.
* Child writes letters with unusual starting and ending points.
* Child has great difficulty getting letters to "sit" on the horizontal lines.
* Copying off of the board is slow, painful, and tedious. Child looks up and visually "grabs" just one or two letters at a time, repeatedly subvocalizes the names of those letters, then stares intensely at their paper when writing those one or two letters. This process is repeated over and over. Child frequently loses his/her place when copying, misspells when copying, and doesn't always match capitalization or punctuation when copying—even though the child can read what was on the board.
* Unusual spatial organization of the page. Words may be widely spaced or tightly pushed together. Margins are often ignored.
* Child has an unusually difficult time learning cursive writing, and shows chronic confusion about similarly-formed cursive letters such as f and b, m and n, w and u. They will also difficulty remembering how to form capital cursive letters.

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