Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects the ability to write. It’s not just about handwriting. It can affect spelling and grammar, too. Kids with dysgraphia often struggle in school because they don’t see their mistakes or understand why their work looks different from other kids.
They may also feel frustrated by how long it takes them to complete assignments and tests, leading to low self-esteem and anxiety. If your child has been diagnosed with dysgraphia, you know how difficult this condition can be for children and parents and teachers alike.
Dysgraphia doesn’t go away on its own; however, many of the problems associated with writing (and fine motor skills) can be improved if addressed early on through therapy techniques such as those found here. You’ll find lots of information about strategies for helping kids learn more effectively at home and in school, plus tips for managing stress.
You can help your child by using tools like screen filters and eliminating fluorescent lights in the classroom. These simple changes will make a big difference in their ability to write legibly, and they’ll feel better about themselves too.
Typing Instead of Writing
Typing instead of writing can help your child write better, and the fewer mistakes he makes, the more confidence he gets in his writing. It is also great to use for homework, tests, and projects. It helps them learn how to spell words correctly because of the instant identification of a mistake, and they will be able to express themselves through their writing.
Grasping the pencil properly lets your child write more neatly and quickly without the hand muscles getting so tired. Pencil grips are a simple tool that can make a big difference in how your child writes. They’re easy to use, comfortable for kids to wear, and they come in lots of fun colors.
One way is by giving them tools like stress balls or putty before hand-writing exercises to warm their muscles up. A stress ball will help strengthen muscles in the hand and fingers, which will lead to better control over pencils and pens when it comes time for writing assignments at school.
To learn more about other disorders like dysgraphia and their effects, visit NJDDC’s blog section.