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Fine Motor Skills - Possible Dysgraphia

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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

DD2's under investigation for dyspraxia at the moment - despite the fact she's great with lego and playing with tiny little bits of playmobil people constantly she has issues with gross motor skills which were what was raising the initial concerns and increasingly it appears that she DOES have the common problems with handwriting motor control despite her love of fine fiddly little pieced toys.

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.

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