Should Meds Improve Handwriting?


"ADHD medication has done wonders for my eight-year-old's attention, but his handwriting continues to be very poor. What should I do?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

It's unlikely that his handwriting problem is the result of ADHD. If he's struggling to master reading, arithmetic, or written language (what he writes - spelling, capitalization, and so on - as opposed to how he writes), or if he has difficulty with organization, request a "psycho-educational" evaluation to identify any learning disabilities. If he has only a handwriting problem, an occupational therapist should be able to help.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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