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Dysgraphia – Strategies

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Writing is a core skill in learning and can be debilitating to patients as it may disadvantage them from “success”. However, there are many strategies that can be employed to improve the symptoms of dysgraphia and in the individuals learning process. The most important strategy is for the patient to continual to practice hand writing and participating in writing activities at school, home or even out in the community. Strategies generally aim to aid writing practice:

  1. Use paper with raised lines for a sensory guide to staying within the lines.
  1. Patients with dysgraphia may have difficulty in gipping writing utensils so experiment with different pens and pencils to find one that’s most comfortable and encourage proper grip, posture and paper positioning for writing. Reinforcing aims to reduce bad writing habits.
  1. Large motor movements such as practicing writing letters and numbers in the air with big arm movements to improve motor memory of these important shapes. Also practice letters and numbers with smaller hand or finger motions. This generally aims to help patients remember how to form letters.
  1. Use multi-sensory techniques for learning letters, shapes and numbers. For example, speaking through motor sequences, such as “b” is “big stick down, circle away from my body.” This can also help with spelling by establishing visual, auditory and motor memory.
  1. Introduce a word processor on a computer early; however do not eliminate handwriting for the child. While typing can make it easier to write by alleviating the frustration of forming letters, handwriting is a vital part of a person’s ability to function in the world.
  1. To help patients organise their thoughts and ideas use the steps of the writing process “POWER”
  • Plan your ideas
  • Organise with idea maps and outlines
  • Write your thoughts down
  • Edit your own writing and then let someone else edit
  • Revise your work

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Dysgraphia – Explained

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What is dysgraphia?

The act of writing requires complex set of motor and informational processing skills, dysgraphia refers to learning disabilities in writing. It can involve an individual’s ability to physically write or the person ability to transfer information and thought processes on paper. Individuals with dysgraphia may have these symptoms:

* Poor handwriting

* Trouble writing in between lines

* Trouble spelling words consistently

* Difficulty in copying information

* Difficulty in organising thoughts and expressing them on paper coherently

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