Dysgraphia is a written language disorder that can affect every aspect of school where writing skills are required.
The act of writing seems painful for most students with dysgraphia. It can appear to be physically painful and mentally exhausting. I am sure you are seeing the result of their anxiety and frustration in the form of low self-esteem, homework avoidance. This aversion to writing is sometimes expressed in the form of outbursts or shutting down and quitting.
My son is a very reluctant writer, thanks to Glenda at The Park Academy he is willing and able to do this! I’m so happy with this therapy!
Take a moment and consider the learning behaviors you have noticed in your child lately. What happens when you ask them to write the answer to a question?
You have probably witnessed stall tactics in order to avoid writing anything.
The stall tactics are even used when writing in math is required, especially long division and larger multiplication problems.
Most likely, you have noticed that your child writes as little as possible. If they were to give you an oral answer it would include greater detail than what was written on the paper.
As in the sample above, you may have a hard time reading their work. It seems like they have no concept of space on the page despite repeated reminders.
Your child may erase frequently and hold the pencil with a very tight grip.
If your child has dyslexia as well, then you probably have noticed how poor their spelling is when they write.
We want to help you teach your child to love reading again.
Enter your email and I’ll send you my Quick Facts About Dysgraphia along with a FREE game board that you can use to practice reading, spelling, or math facts. It gives you a place to start.
The International Dyslexia Association describes dysgraphia as:
The word Dysgraphia is Greek and has 3 word parts: dis + graph + ia
- dis indicates that there is an impairment
- graph refers to producing letter forms by hand
- ia is a suffix that refers to having a condition
Thus, dysgraphiais the condition of impaired letter writing by hand, that is, disabled handwriting. Impaired handwriting can interfere with learning to spell words in writing and speed of writing text.
Children with dysgraphia may have:
- Only impaired handwriting
- Only impaired spelling (without reading problems)
- Both impaired handwriting and impaired spelling
How can you help your child improve their writing and feel better about themselves?
You have already started by beginning your research. Your next step is to take action. Research shows that early intervention changes everything. At The Park Academy, we have seen that to be true. But it is never too late to start.
We have several ways to help you change the life of your struggling reader.
- Specialized tutoring
- Curriculum recommendations for homeschool families
If you are ready for help now, register for a free 20 minute consultation.