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Supporting Children with Dysgraphia

  • How many times have you battled to get your child to write more than a few words?


  • Is your child’s handwriting only slightly improving or not at all?


You are not alone! So many parents are experiencing the same issues and are at logger heads as to what to do next!


So...



What is Dysgraphia?


Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities, making it difficult for children to produce legible text. This condition can impact spelling, handwriting, and the ability to put thoughts on paper. Understanding dysgraphia is the first step in supporting children who struggle with this condition. It can be described as “a glitch in the sensory-motor processing neural pathways” (C. Dotterer, 2018).


Helpful Tools


To help children with dysgraphia, consider using tools like pencil grips to improve their grip and control, lined paper to guide handwriting, and assistive technology such as word processing and speech-to-text software. These tools can make writing more accessible and less frustrating for children. I have personally found that using a whiteboard to “pre-write” text before putting it to paper can alleviate the stress of writing. Not only does this take the physical pressure of their hands themselves, but it also allows the child to make mistakes and easily erase them.


How Parents Can Help


Parents play a crucial role in supporting children with dysgraphia. Provide a comfortable and quiet workspace, encourage regular practice with positive reinforcement, and break tasks into manageable steps. Collaborate with teachers to ensure consistent support and use of effective strategies both at home and in school. The most important and the simplest thing you can do as a parent is create a safe and supportive environment where they can do their best without extra pressure.


Teaching Approaches


Effective teaching approaches for children with dysgraphia include multisensory instruction, which integrates visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learning styles. Breaking tasks into smaller, sequential steps can also help. Additionally, using graphic organisers and visual aids can assist in organising thoughts and improving written expression.


This is just the tip of the ice-berg, dygraphia is a complex and mulitfaceted issue that can be tackled and nurtured in various ways.


Is your child a reluctant writer?


Contact us at www.inspiredmindssolutions.com and book in for a free no-obligation 15-minute phone consult to get personalised advice.


Julie Tayyah

Inspired Minds Solutions

Tutoring and Homeschool Support Services

Every Education

Maleny, Sunshine Coast





Reference


C. Dotterer (2018). Handwriting Brain-Body Disconnect. Powell, OH. Author Academy Elite.



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