“Because my spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.” – Winnie the Pooh.
Wobbly writing and dysgraphia are terms often used interchangeably to refer to a writing disorder affecting a person’s ability to produce legible and coherent written text. People with dysgraphia may have difficulty with a range of writing skills, including handwriting, spelling, and punctuation. They may also struggle with organizing their thoughts on paper and expressing themselves in writing.
Symptoms of dysgraphia can vary widely, and may include:
- Poor handwriting, with letters that are difficult to read or are misshapen
- Difficulty forming letters and writing within the lines on the page
- Inability to write quickly, with writing that is slow or labored
- Difficulty with spelling, even when the person has a good understanding of the words they are attempting to spell
- Inability to produce coherent and well-organized written text
- Struggles with punctuation and capitalization
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with writing, it is important to seek evaluation and support from a qualified professional, such as a teacher, learning specialist, or psychologist. With appropriate support and accommodations, people with dysgraphia can often improve their writing skills and succeed in their academic and professional endeavors.