Writing is difficult for everyone, from young students to the most talented and prolific authors in the world. But for students with dysgraphia, there are many other factors at play.
Writing is often thought of as one of the most difficult tasks taught in schools. Even if we disregard the creative aspect of it, the act still isn’t easy because of all the physical components that go into handwriting. Eye-hand coordination, posture and body control, muscle memory, vision, and good dexterity for a strong grip are all vital.
Add to that list the memory that’s required to retain the alphabet and vocabulary, plus good visual perception to properly space letters and words, and it’s official: there is a lot that goes into learning to write. It’s no wonder many students struggle with it.
A short list of reasons why students might have difficulty with writing include:
- poor fine motor skills
- messy or slow handwriting
- lack of attention to tasks
- poor spelling
- difficulty with letter form processing
- difficulty with retrieving or storing letter formations
- difficulty getting thoughts to paper, poor spacing between letters and words
- letter and number reversals beyond early stages of writing
- heavy pressure and fatigue
- inconsistent or awkward pencil grip
Struggling with one or two things in that list is fairly typical for a majority of students. But if they have many of these issues, it might be time to look a bit deeper to find an underlying cause and, if necessary, ways to support or assess their writing ability. Because if there is a breakdown within many of these areas, students can have a hard time keeping up with the writing demands in school.