Ask the Experts

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.

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