Motor Dysgraphia is not just messy handwriting. It is a significant, long-term problem that affects a person's ability to complete functional handwriting tasks.

Fundamentally, the handwriting difficulties result from challenges creating (and co-ordinating) the motor movements required to produce written letters and numbers.  This may present as illegible handwriting, reduced writing speed, a discrepancy between oral and written output, and processing difficulties.

Indicators of motor dysgraphia include:
  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Poor pencil/pen grasp
  • Poor posture
  • Inconsistencies in handwriting
  • Difficulties with organisation
  • Reduced handwriting speed
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Avoiding handwriting tasks
  • Discrepancy between oral and written work
An occupational therapist (OT) is best placed to assess motor difficulties with handwriting. The OT will identify the specific areas of difficulty and suggest intervention for these areas.

Individuals who are experiencing handwriting difficulties related to motor dysgraphia often need ongoing support and accommodation strategies to ensure that they are able to demonstrate their knowledge in the least restrictive manner. 

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