Difficulty in Writing – Dysgraphia

Difficulty in Writing, also known as Dysgraphia, is a learning disorder that affects the written language skills such as word recognition, spelling, writing process, written expression and the ability to create written products.

This disorder may affect fine motor skills such as letter formation and writing speed and linguistic aspects of writing such as spelling, writing fluency and written expression.


Consult TBC if your child or teenager has any of the Dysgraphia symptoms below:

  • Writing in an unintelligible handwriting
  • Inability to organize writing on paper
  • Difficulty keeping space between words
  • Difficulty in writing on a straight line
  • Inability to plan and organize writing content
  • Difficulty in expressing thoughts in writing
  • Inability to write correctly spelled words
  • Inability to construct grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs


  • Difficulty with written expression typically caused by a disconnection in the brain. 
  • The brain has trouble retrieving information from memory about how to organize thoughts for writing. 
  • Manifests itself when a child has trouble with writing, spelling, poor handwriting and organizing thoughts on paper.
  • Working memory also plays a role and can prevent the child from knowing how to write a letter or a word on paper. 
  • Writing difficulty with visual-spatial information, fine motor, language processing, grammar usage and organization of written language. 
  • The writing process is much harder and slower. 
  • Does not manifest the learning potential of the child or what they intended to write. 
  • Messy handwriting 
  • Can’t get thoughts down on paper 
  • Tight, awkward pencil grip and body position. 
  • Attention and focus issues in the classroom. 
  • Has difficulty with shape-discrimination and letter spacing. 
  • Trouble organizing words from left to right. 
  • Can’t stay within the margins. 
  • Unable to use scissors or hold a pencil correctly. 
  • Trouble with fine motor tasks, such as tying shoes, fastening buttons, picking up objects, etc. 
  • Can’t follow directions or the rules in games. 
  • Often spells words incorrectly and mixes upper and lowercase letters. 
  • Avoids writing and Doesn’t write in complete sentences. 
  • Has trouble telling stories and Leaves out important facts and details of a story. 
  • Use paper with raised lines so the child can write within the lines. 
  • Try different pens and pencils that are more comfortable. 
  • Work with a professional, Occupational Therapist or Psychomotor Therapist. 
  • Incorporate more fine motor activities to strengthen the hands, wrists, fingers and elbows for writing. 
  • Incorporate exercises using shapes, long pencil strokes and cursive for rewiring the brain.  
  • Complete the process for an IEP that gives your child special accommodations.  
  • Do warm-up exercises at home with the hands and fingers before completing a writing assignment. 
  • Provide tape recorders in the classroom in case the child performs better with verbal instructions. 

At TBC, our Lebanese Therapists in Dubai provide therapy sessions in Arabic, French, and English to help clients overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as occupational therapy, psychomotor and speech therapy.