Signs and Symptoms of Dysgraphia:

  • Cramping of fingers while writing short entries
  • Odd wrist, arm, body, or paper orientations such as bending an arm into an L shape
  • Excessive erasures
  • Mixed upper case and lower case letters
  • Inconsistent form and size of letters, or unfinished letters
  • Misuse of lines and margins
  • Inefficient speed of copying
  • Inattentiveness over details when writing
  • Frequent need of verbal cues
  • Referring heavily on vision to write
  • Poor legibility
  • Handwriting abilities that may interfere with spelling and written composition
  • Having a hard time translating ideas to writing, often using the wrong words altogether
  • May feel pain while writing

Handwriting Evaluations include the following:

  • A parent interview
  • School paper/writing sample review
  • Handwriting observation session
  • Written Assessment Report
  • Individualized Remediation Report

Evaluations include The Handwriting Without Tears Print Tool to assess how capital letters, lowercase letters and numbers are formed.  It allows the evaluator to take a quick snapshot of the following learning skills involved in writing and academic learning:

  • Memory
  • Orientation
  • Placement
  • Size
  • Sequencing
  • Control
  • Space

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Although technology continues to be a huge influence in the daily lives of students, handwriting continues to be a large part of a child's school day. By some estimates more than 35% of school day is spent writing in journals, complete writing assignments, and participating in art projects that involve writing descriptions. Students use handwriting to write letters to their friends, parents, and teachers. Children also need legible handwriting in order to take tests and state exams.

Unfortunately many children have difficulty with handwriting, also termed dysgraphia. Dysgraphia can be impacted by a child's pencil grasp, pencil pressure, speed of handwriting, overall control of the pencil, alignment of letters, letter formation, sizing of the letter, spacing between or within words, and the memory of how to start the letter in the correct place.

Helping students improving their ability to have legible handwriting for the school and home environment. We utilize a neurokinesthetic, sensory and motor approach to help children reach their highest potential and increase their self esteem.

It is also important to note a child that has dysgraphia, or difficulty with handwriting, can begin to have decreased self esteem. For example, they may observe their peers handing in their work faster than them or they may get marked off on spelling tests because the teacher cannot read their handwriting.



Parent Workshops

Do you know a small group of parents that would like strategies for beginning writers? writing remediation at home? or when to be concerned about writing performance?

Suggested topics:

  • Body Awareness
  • Teaching Children Their Name
  • Teaching Letter Formation
  • Yes, Grip Matters!

In-Service Demonstrations

Do you have a group of educators that would like more information on prewriting skills or handwriting strategies or another topic individualized for your needs?

Former topics:

  • Understanding the 8 Components of Handwriting
  •  Handwriting:  Why Worry About it in an Age of  Technology
  • Cursive...Is It Worth the Time?

How Handwriting Trains the Brain

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 5, 2010

Watch How You Hold That Crayon

​The New York Times, Feb. 24 2010