Dysgraphia: What Is it? What Do We Do About It?

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Dsygraphia: What Is It?
Dysgraphia effects a person's handwriting and fine motor skills.  According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the following are signs and symptoms of dysgraphia.  
  • Illegible print or cursive writing (even with more time given and attention to task) 
  • Inconsistent writing, such as upper and lower case usage, irregular size, print and cursive mixed, irregular slant to letters 
  • Omitted words or letters 
  • Awkward grasp or hand position when writing 
  • Inconsistent spacing between words 
  • Difficulty visualizing letter formation 
  • Increased amount of time to complete work 
  • Poor spatial planning 
  • Complaints of sore hand, unusual grasp 

What Can We Do To Help?
Here are some strategies to use to help your child with dysgraphia. 
  • Use wide ruled paper or graph paper 
  • Use a computer for longer assignments 
  • Teach strategies to deal with stress 
  • Use oral exams 
  • Reduce copying 
  • Provide notes from a note buddy 
Redi-Space Paper:  This patented writing paper designed to improve legibility, was developed by occupational therapists specializing in handwriting remediation. All sheets, front and back, are printed with innovative cues for impacting proper spacing.
Hi-Contrat Black Raised Line Paper: Why are most writing papers lined in green? Don't know. Well, this specialty paper actually has raised black lines! The rich black is a high contrast against the bright white paper. Helpful for low vision children, and others who need more awareness of the lines.