Dysgraphia is a learning disability that mainly affects writing, dyslexia is a learning disability that normally affects reading. Sometimes they are confused, but dysgraphia affects written expression in your children while dyslexia affects how they read letters or words. If you are curious about homeschooling with dysgraphia or homeschool a child with dysgraphia this insight provides you with 8 strategies to help you beat dysgraphia.
Dysgraphia can present itself as difficulties with spelling words, poor handwriting and trouble with putting thoughts on paper. It can be a language based and/or non-language based disorder.
A few symptoms of dysgraphia to look out for in your homeschool student are:
- Poor spelling, including unfinished words or missing words or letters.
- Frequent erasing.
- Cramped grip, which may lead to a sore hand.
- Inconsistency in letter and word spacing.
- Difficulty spacing things out on paper or within margins (poor spatial planning).
This post suggests some very specific strategies to help you and some suggested tools to help your dysgraphic child in the process of homeschool. Many times if left unaddressed, these types of learning disabilities can result in more issues that stem from this.
Not addressing dysgraphia can lead to some difficulties with:
- Participating in sporting activities leading to an inactive lifestyle, increasing the risks of other health related issues such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
- Self-esteem and confidence when they realize their skills do not match their peers.
- Fine motor skills like writing, drawing and cutting due to poor core stability.
- Completing self-care tasks like tying shoelaces, buttons, zips, or using cutlery.
- Developing literacy skills like reading, writing, and coping in the academic environment.
- Testing: Completing tests, exams and academic tasks in higher education.
Don’t let this be a bottleneck in your child’s homeschool journey. It doesn’t have to hold them back and you can help
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Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!