Explain Dysgraphia to Children
Parents and teachers can help to explain dysgraphia to child or children. Dysgraphia is a type of writing learning disability that most general education teachers have difficulty recognizing because they don’t receive training about how to recognize dysgraphia. As a parent it’s not uncommon for you to have concerns about your child’s writing or penmanship and have your child’s teacher dismiss your concern. If you have concerns about your child’s writing a private evaluation can often reveal the true difficulty and help inform next steps.
If your child has dysgraphia you often notice many of the following: a strange or awkward pencil grasp, difficulty consistently forming certain letters, messy looking handwriting, slower handwriting, may complain his or her hand aches after writing, difficulty putting thoughts onto paper, or may make mistakes when copying information from the board to paper.
If it turns out that your child has dysgraphia you can explain dysgraphia to child to using the book Terrific Teddy’s Writing Wars. In this book Teddy, an elementary age boy, struggles to get his great thoughts down in writing. His head knows what to say but his hand does not cooperate. When Teddy’s parents learn why he has writing difficulty, they take steps to improve Teddy’s writing including using a cool pencil. His classroom teacher even has a pencil party to help put Teddy at ease with his new utensil.
Your child can learn that writing ideas onto paper can improve with work, help at school, and by using technology. Books are the ideal tool to use to explain dysgraphia to child (ren)because kids are typically comfortable with having books read to them. In Terrific Teddy’s Writing Wars, parents and teachers get the choice of ending the book by explaining the term dysgraphia or by simply talking about writing challenges like the ones Teddy has.
Do you have writing concerns about your child? Contact our office if you need help determining if your child has dysgraphia. 561-625-4125.