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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources to help support children with Dysgraphia from year 1 to GCSE. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting, so we want to try and demystify some of the common questions - we’re here to support you and your child’s education!

In this article, Mandy, our SEND expert, who has worked within schools for 11 years (we like to call her our SEND Superhero!), gives you tips to help support your child’s learning.

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects handwriting and motor skills in children and adults.  

Diagnosis is normally made by an Occupational Therapist (OT) or by your child’s school. If you have concerns that your child may have dysgraphia, you should seek medical advice from your GP. The OT will look at some current pieces of writing, pen grip and body position and do some dexterity and fine and gross motor skills assessments, to determine whether there is a physical difficulty or not. Some local authorities however, do not recognise dysgraphia as a diagnosis, so they may title it as SLD (Specific Learning Difficulties). Dysgraphia is often comorbid with other diagnosis’ such as ADHD or SPD.

Some behaviours and symptoms that you may see in a child with dysgraphia

Fine Motor Skills
Your child will present with especially poor handwriting. Their handwriting may be messy and confused.

Syntax
Many children struggle with spelling and putting thoughts on paper. These and other writing tasks like putting ideas into language that is organised, stored and then retrieved from memory, may all add to struggles with written expression.

Frustration
Dysgraphia does not change your child’s cognitive ability, so it can be very frustrating when they are unable to express themselves in writing.

Dysgraphia Superpowers

People with Dysgraphia have their own personal attributes and skills on top of Dysgraphia superpowers, such as resilience and creativeness! Constantly trying new strategies that may help, and thinking of creative ways and ideas to apply yourself are fantastic attributes to have.

Additional support

  • Your child’s school may put in place some handwriting intervention to help with cursive writing or alternatively, offer the use of a word processor.
  • It would be good to trial different types of writing aids, it may be determined useful for your child to use a writing slope or specific type of pen or pencil.
  • If your child has dysgraphia  they may be entitled to extra help in exams such as extra time, using a word processor or rest breaks. An access arrangements assessment will have to be conducted by a qualified person in school to make this decision.

EdPlace worksheets

EdPlace educational resources supports students with dysgraphia

  • All of EdPlace’s activities are accessed on a computer and are interactive or multiple choice, which is very helpful for a student with Dysgraphia.
  • All tasks are no longer than 10-20 minutes long, so as not to tire the young person and keep them fully engaged.
  • As Dysgraphia is usually comorbid with other SLD’s, EdPlace’s accessibility toolbar can be personalised and customised in lots of different ways, to ensure that all of the content is available to all types of learners.
  • EdPlace can also be accessed on a touchscreen device if your child’s dexterity is affected by dysgraphia.

 

All of these features can help your child with dysgraphia to engage in learning, discreetly using their personalised preference to help them reach their full potential.

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