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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?"
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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.