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What are some ways parents can help their kids with dysgraphia?

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Here are some things you can try:

  • Have your child use wide-ruled paper, graph paper, or paper with raised lines to help with letter and word alignment.
  • Try pencil grips or other writing aids for comfort.
  • Let her use a computer to type instead of write, and teach typing skills early.
  • Don't criticize sloppy work. Praise her hard work and offer positive reinforcement.
  • Acknowledge the condition and talk to your child about it.
  • Teach her ways to relieve stress before writing. For example, have her shake or rub her hands together quickly.
  • Let her squeeze a stress ball to improve hand-muscle strength and coordination.

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 01, 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 01, 2018

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