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How can teachers and schools help kids with dysgraphia?

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Talk to your child's teacher about her condition and needs at school. She may qualify for special education services and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or other special assistance (such as a 504 plan). These documents detail your child's needs and give the school ways to help her. Some things you might ask for include:

  • Shorter writing assignments or different questions from her classmates
  • Use of a computer to type instead of write
  • Copies of the class notes to limit writing work
  • Use of a voice-to-dictation machine or another electronic note taker
  • An option to record the teacher's lectures
  • Video or audio reports instead of written homework assignments
  • Oral exams instead of written tests

SOURCES:

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dysgraphia."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Dysgraphia Information Page."

Tourette Association of America: "Dysgraphia."

Understood: "Understanding Dysgraphia in Children."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dysgraphia."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Dysgraphia Information Page."

Tourette Association of America: "Dysgraphia."

Understood: "Understanding Dysgraphia in Children."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

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