Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is a deficiency in the ability to write, regardless of the ability to read, not due to intellectual impairment.
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The handwriting of a dysgraphia sufferer makes it apparent that there is a problem. But handwriting is only one of the dysgraphia symptoms.
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The dysgraphia definition doesn't give a complete picture however. People with dysgraphia are known to have issues with other things, like shoe tying, that also require fine motor skills. Since many people suffer from poor handwriting, people affected by dysgraphia often have to look at other tasks requiring the same skills to identify the pattern.
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The best way to is to understand that solving it is a process. During the process, it is also helpful to understand that the child can still be learning and participating at the normal pace - with some adjustments.
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Consider how helpful it would be for a student to have access to a keyboard to do assignments. How about a scribe that would write as your child speaks the answer. Even shorter assignments can make a difference. In order to allow your dysgraphia students to do these things - truly consider the goal. Will they still be able to learn?
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Dysgraphia doesn't have to slow down your whole world. Plus, think how confident the student will be after conquering that setback.

Diagnosing Dysgraphia: When Writing is the Problem

Because of his writing challenges, Alex, a Sixth Grader, was Failing Every Subject

To begin with, nobody near Alex knew anything about diagnosing dysgraphia. They knew Alex was failing social studies because the tests came from the notes the teacher wrote on the board. Copying notes from the board was so difficult that Alex couldn’t read them. If that weren’t bad enough, Alex had no idea what the teacher was saying because trying to write the notes was all consuming. [Read more…]

Dysgraphia Treatment: Talking with Teachers

When writing is so difficult for your child that he does poorly in most of his classes, a school psychologist or his teacher may determine that he has dysgraphia. Despite this learning disability, with the right dysgraphia treatment and accommodations, your child can excel, even succeed, in school.

You and his teacher will want to consider some of the following strategies for your child so she can start improving in school. [Read more…]