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Dysgraphia Is a Learning Disorder A common joke is about the illegibility of a doctor's handwriting. However it is no laughing matter when a child struggles and falls behind in school because of handwriting issues. There is poor handwriting and then there is Dysgraphia which is a learning disorder. It involves and affects a person's ability to write, presenting difficulties in other spatial and fine motor skill areas. A child with Dysgraphia may also have trouble with spelling and putting their thoughts down on paper or in any form of written communication. This is a disorder that affects the processing center of the brain so it is a lifelong disability and will change as the child grows older and moves into adulthood. Warning Signs That a Child May Have Dysgraphia The signs will manifest well before school age since this disorder is developmental as well as a fine motor skill issue. Things to look for in very young children include: An awkward grip on spoons, toys, crayons etc. Inability to firmly grasp objects Disinterest in using certain toys, such as puzzles, due to inability to hold and place them properly. Lack of coordination in all areas of the body, especially the hands. Tiring quickly at drawing or coloring. Unable to properly throw a ball. Frequently dropping items. Symptoms such as these observed in a preschool child may be a warning that Dysgraphia is affecting fine motor skills in the hands and wrists. Early intervention such as occupational therapy can strengthen the muscles and teach the child how to adapt to this disorder rather than giving up. School Children and Dysgraphia Dysgraphia will certainly manifest when a child begins writing in school. At first the teachers and parents may think the handwriting is just sloppy or the child has the normal difficulty forming the letters. When the child begins to practice cursive writing, it will be apparent there is more than the regular writing issues present. The warning signs for this age group almost always include: An awkward, tight pencil grip Contorting the body while writing Illegible handwriting or printing Becoming exhausted while writing or doing homework Flexing the hand because of tightness or cramping Inability to keep words or letters on the line a noticeable size difference in letters and numbers Excellent oral presentation but poor when written. Example, child does well on an oral spelling test but not on written tests. Words or sentences are left incomplete Depending on the degree of disability, a child may simply require some assistance such as: Holding a small object such as a pencil gripper in the hand while writing. Strengthen the wrist muscles by exercising with a small rubber ball. Practice placing tiny objects into a container using tweezers. If the child has more severe problems from the Dysgraphia, medical help may be required. These can include Occupational Therapy or even Neurotherapy. Creating An Individual Education Plan For The Child With Dygraphia A child suffering from Dysgraphia will most likely fall behind in school because they a re unable to write fast enough to keep up. An example is a spelling test. The teacher will move on to the next word well before the child has finished the previous one. So they rush trying to catch up and miss letters even if they know how to spell the words. An IEP (Individual Education Plan) and a 504 will take pressure off the child and allow the teacher to use alternate ways that assist the student. This might and probably should include: Taking oral instead of written spelling tests. Printing rather than cursive Typing work on a keyboard instead of writing it out by hand. Allow extra time when taking end of grade tests. Other ideas and plans can be incorporated into the child's education plan. These are agreed upon by the parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. It will follow the child throughout the remainder of his/her school life, transferring from grade to grade. As the child ages and becomes more proficient in areas and perhaps weaker in others, the plans can be adjusted accordingly. The child needs an IEP and a 504 plan. The differences are important. Individual education service plans are designed to meet the special needs of a disabled child and differ for every person according to the requirements of the disability Some Important Differences Between an IEP and a 504 Plan 504 IEP The 504 plan offers every disabled child equal access to an education. Designed for children with special educational needs Insist On Both Plans Is a documented and written plan Includes timelines for implementing and documenting plans Insist On Both Plans Failure of educators to follow and abide by the plan may be taken to the Office for Civil Rights. Noncompliance issues are taken before the State Board of Education Insist On Both Plans Does not allow for safeguards like the IEP Includes independent assesment at public expense Insist On Both Plans Stand Up For Your Child The most important person is the parent. No one knows your child better or is better aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses. Insist on an evaluation if you think your child is affected by this disorder. Visit the pediatrician and get him on board by giving an official diagnosis. This needs to be the first step because the school cannot proceed without one. Stand up for your little one by informing the teacher how long you will allow your child to work on a certain subject. It is not uncommon for a child to spend three hours writing a homework assignment that should only take twenty minutes. Draw a reasonable timeline.The child will not become so weary and discouraged and the teacher will understand why homework is not finished. Dysgraphia is not a hindrance to a student when it is identified and concessions are made allow the student a chance at success. Some famous people with Dysgraphia include: Agatha Christie Alexander Graham Bell President George Washington So be patient with your child and his/her learning disorder. They may just be a future famous person !
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