A Dysgraphia learning disability is defined by a gap in the relationship between a student’s cognitive functioning and physical ability. More specifically, it is the inability of a student to express their thoughts effectively through writing. Struggles with fine motor skills, such as manipulating a pencil, can result in hand writing that is slow, laborious and messy. This is extremely frustrating for these students as their writing ability is unable to keep up the pace to which they are thinking.
Students who have difficulty with hand writing will often avoid tasks that require its use. They avoid writing in an agenda or taking notes and instructions from the board, they skip planning steps such as brainstorming and outlining, and their test answers lack details. In math, these students often prefer to write only answers instead of showing the steps, and they will avoid showing anyone their written work either because they are embarrassed or in fear of being made to do the work over.
Our approach is to help these students appreciate the importance being organized and the value of having effective notes, and the impact of both on their academic results. The use of technology will be encouraged and practiced in those situations where students may prefer to type or speak instead of write.
Many students struggle to organize their thoughts so they can communicate effectively on paper. Unfortunately, these students are unable to receive an accurate evaluation of their ideas. We work with these students to plan their written answers by teaching them how to create outlines and use templates as a means to organize their thoughts.
We teach these skills in the context of students current work load so they get the opportunity to see the positive impact on their daily assignments, in hopes they internalize and adopt these skills over the long-term.
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