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Dysgraphia in the classroom

Some foundation suggestions on how to support children with Dysgraphia in the classroom

  • Have the 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.

  • If possible, let them use a computer to type instead of write, and teach typing skills early.

  • Don't criticize sloppy work. Praise their hard work and offer positive reinforcement.

  • Acknowledge the condition and talk to the child about it.

  • Teach them ways to relieve stress before writing. For example, have them shake or rub their hands together quickly.

  • Let them squeeze a stress ball to improve hand-muscle strength and coordination.


Some resources and things you might consider include:


  • Shorter writing assignments or different questions to their 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 instead of written exams

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