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Fine Motor Skills - Possible Dysgraphia

(5 Posts)
artichaut27 Fri 09-Feb-18 09:37:45

Hello Mums,

My son was 6 in October and in Yr1. One of the oldest in his class but he struggles with reading and writing.

His handwriting seems to puzzle his teacher and SENCo the most.

It is pretty quirky.

He starts his letters in strange places, does lots of reversals (esp. numbers). Despite having been taught consistently at school, he forgets his finger spacing and writes long sequences of uneven letters. He mixes lower and upper case in middle of words. Also, his spelling is "original".

He doesn't colour neatly either.

His teacher/SENCo mentioned that it might be something to do with his fine motor skills. The thing is he's always had excellent fine motor skills, building tiny Lego machines from age 4 with tiny lights and bits.

I think this would have to be more a fine motor skill problem linked to handling a pen.

Anyone here has a dysgraphic child?

I've heard that fine motor skills for writing are in a different part of the brain than other general fine motor skills. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

Many thanks!

MiaowTheCat Fri 09-Feb-18 14:23:51

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artichaut27 Fri 09-Feb-18 14:39:11

Thanks MiaowTheCat. Thats very interesting.

I had heard that about dyspraxic children. My neighbour has a grownup son with dyspraxia that many affected his handwriting. He's now a car designer for a big formula 1 company, so he obviously overcome his issues.

I need to find some research about motor skills I think.

KisstheTeapot14 Sat 30-Jun-18 21:31:18

Also could be to do with visual problems - like tracking and spatial awareness. DS aged 8 does exactly the same. He has dyspraxia.

Worth asking for OT exam - does he have problems with other stuff - reading, catching a ball?

We found behavioural optometrist helpful and now doing exercises to help strengthen eye movement as well as fine motor work x

SleepyPaws Fri 20-Jul-18 11:34:12

We have just reached the end of yr2 with little improvements in handwriting and an unusual pencil grip. We still have issues with letter reversal although the school aren't that concerned by this. The school have just stared the process of applying for an OT referral. Might be worth talking to the school SENCO and see what they suggest.

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