What is Dysgraphia?
Updated: May 15
Article by: Tara Pearson, COTA/L, ADHD-RSP
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects an individuals ability to write coherently, legibly, and comprehensively. Signs of a potential Dysgraphia diagnosis may first become apparent with poor spelling, difficulty putting thoughts onto paper, poor legibility with penmanship, or irregular writing patterns.
Occupational therapy can help your child with a variety of support strategies. Your OT may assist with strengthening fine motor skills as it relates to handwriting, provide practical strategies for the classroom, recommend academic workload management, improve visual perceptional skills, and develop executive function skills.
Possible OT Suggestions for a Child with Dysgraphia
Provide additional support for grammar and sentence structure
Recommend an assistive technology device such as a recorder
Break down complex assignments into smaller steps for better comprehension
Provide sensory strategies to combat fatigue
Provide cognitive training to improve attention and executive functions
Give practical strategies for keeping track of racing thoughts
Address handwriting difficulties such as spacing, legibility, sizing, and formation
Strengthen in-hand manipulation for pencil grip and coordination
May provide visual supports for your child to maintain routines
A visual checklist to break down proof reading process
Provide a "key word" vocabulary list
Teach your child about creating a story map
If your child is struggling with any of these listed areas we highly encourage you to speak with your pediatrician or diagnostician. Upon referral, Texarkana Therapy Center would be happy to provide your family with a comprehensive evaluation for occupational or speech therapy.
Article by: Tara Pearson, COTA, ADHD-RSP