How can I support my child with dysgraphia?
Published: Nov. 9, 2023
Some ways to support your student with dysgraphia at home include the following:
- Keep pencil grips, erasable pens, spacing paper, slanted boards, and other physical accommodations on hand.
- Play games and activities that will improve fine motor skills and hand strength (like playing with Play-Doh or solving mazes).
- Try at-home handwriting programs that use games and visuals to make learning more fun (such as Handwriting Without Tears).
- Refrain from criticizing your child’s handwriting.
- Celebrate your child’s progress and successes.
- Educate your child about their developmental differences.
- Make sure your child is making progress in the remediation program their school is using, and if progress isn’t being made, ask for a new program.
- Teach your child how to advocate for their accommodations and needs — they won’t always be able to rely on you to speak up for them.
- Make sure teachers are aware of your child’s accommodations (you can start by creating a one-page introductory “All About Me” to share).
For more information, see our article Dysgraphia 101.
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