A struggling writer doesn’t necessarily mean that they are unable to write, but it can mean that with the right assistance they can become a happy writer. And not all struggling writers think like a dysgraphic mind will have you thinking. But struggling is no fun either way. So here are some strategies for dysgraphia or anyone who just doesn’t enjoy writing.
No matter where you begin, fun should be the main objective. The idea is to turn the assignment into a game by sparking the imagination. Some children will need more than a spark to get the writing juices going, but the important aspect is giving as many aids until it clicks.
Here are a few strategies for dysgraphia to help you in providing the sparks that will turn that struggling writer into a happy writer.
- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Provide a picture that has a story to tell. The picture should have nouns in it (people, places or things), some kind of verbs (rolling, lying, jumping, sitting) and some items that can be described, adjectives, (colors, shapes, emotions). Give the child some time alone with the picture and ask them to see if they can tell you a story about the picture in a given amount of time. Once the child has orally told you the story, have them write it down. If they still need further assistance, write down the nouns, verbs and adjectives to help the child put it all on paper.
- Parts of Speech Lotto Game – Using the parts of speech lotto cards, have the child pick one noun, verb and other parts of speech from those available. Once one of each part of speech is chosen, have the child put them together and construct a complete sentence on paper. Once this becomes easier, assign more sentences using these lotto game cards.
- Interview a Person They Know – Have the child interview someone they know and have them ask this person questions about what they did when they were the same age of your struggling writer. You can help the child construct the list of questions and maybe even help write the answers to the questions during the interview. Once the interview is completed, have the child construct a story based on the answers of the interview. Have them share the story with the person they interviewed.
Always offer a struggling writer the help to get to the next step if they can’t figure it out themselves. Once they understand the process of what it takes to actually write, the happy writer will take the place of the struggling writer.