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Dysgraphia: How can I help my child?

Is your child struggling with handwriting? The cause may be more than just laziness or lack of motivation; it could be a neurologically-based learning issue called dysgraphia. This post explains the signs and symptoms of dysgraphia and the steps you can take to help your child succeed in reading and spelling.

What Is Dysgraphia?

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A child with dysgraphia has handwriting that is worse than you would normally see in a child of his age, intelligence, and education level.

But dysgraphia isn’t just about messy papers. A child with dysgraphia may also appear to be unmotivated or lazy, or what we sometimes refer to as a “reluctant writer.” Because he has trouble expressing his thoughts and ideas in writing, he may avoid writing altogether.

Dysgraphia can also make your child avoid seemingly normal situations. For example, does your child avoid Scouts or clubs because he may be asked to fill out forms? Is he hesitant to participate in any activity that involves writing, even something as simple as signing his own name? Has he been teased because of childish penmanship?

If so, you have probably experienced firsthand the frustration, anger, and anxiety that dysgraphia can cause.

Symptoms of Dysgraphia

As with most learning challenges, the symptoms of dysgraphia can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms may vary in the way they show up in children of different ages.

In general, a child with dysgraphia may have trouble with the following:

  • Forming letters, numbers, and words
  • Spelling words correctly
  • Organizing thoughts and ideas into written expression

Simply put, dysgraphia makes the process of writing quite difficult, so a child with dysgraphia often has a much easier time expressing ideas verbally than in writing.

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Here are some additional signs of dysgraphia:

  • A tight or awkward pencil grip
  • Tires quickly while writing
  • Writing is illegible, inconsistent, and has poorly formed letters and numbers
  • Incorrect spacing and positioning of letters, words, and lines of written text
  • Writing is slow and labored
  • Complete avoidance of writing
  • Difficulty following spelling and grammar rules
  • Trouble aligning columns of numbers in math problems
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts on paper
  • Trouble with tasks that require concurrent thinking and writing

If you recognize some of these symptoms in your child, read on!

Compensation is the First Step

Compensation means helping your child “work around” his handwriting issues so he can still continue to learn.

You may be surprised to hear me say that. After all, dysgraphia is a serious issue, and surely we don’t want to just “work around” the problem, right?

Well, at first we do want to work around the penmanship issue.

This doesn’t mean that you aren’t eventually going to tackle the problem—that step will come next—but it does mean that you are going to reduce the stress that your child is likely experiencing, and at the same time make sure your student can continue to learn.

But exactly how you compensate will depend upon your child’s age and the subject areas being studied.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Work on keyboarding skills. Using a keyboard instead of paper and pencil can be a great way to motivate a reluctant writer to express his thoughts and ideas.
  2. Do work orally. Many assignments can be completed orally with a parent.
  3. Use speech-to-text tools. Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Sound Note are good examples of speech recognition software. These tools allow your child’s work to be dictated orally and automatically translated to text.
  4. Use alternatives to written assignments. Until your student has stronger handwriting skills, consider using some of the interesting ideas below.
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Once the pressure is off and your child is learning in other subject areas without pen and paper, it’s time to work on penmanship skills.

Check for Proper Handwriting Position

Since so many kids with dysgraphia have incorrect writing posture and pencil grip, it’s important to establish proper handwriting position before attempting to address specific penmanship concerns. The graphic below is a handy guide for evaluating your child’s handwriting position.

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Tackle Handwriting Remediation

Once you have checked and corrected your child’s posture and pencil grip, it’s time to actually put pencil to paper and start writing.

Please keep in mind that it’s important to allow your child to acquire writing skills at his own pace. Don’t get caught up in the comparison trap. Your child has a special need, so let him progress naturally and not at the pace recommended for his age, his grade level, or his curriculum.

Also, as you work to improve your child’s ability to write, continue to reduce the amount of writing that is required to complete his schoolwork. Allow learning to happen without pen and paper.

Try these tips to help make penmanship lessons more productive and enjoyable for you and your child.

  • If your child reverses letters, my free report on “How to Solve Letter Reversals” will be a huge help to you.
  • Use a research-based handwriting program. Handwriting Without Tears has been effective for many children with handwriting problems.
  • Provide short bursts of handwriting exercise instead of long, drawn-out sessions. Many kids with dysgraphia need to work on fine motor skills. Activities such as coloring, cutting, painting, model-building, working with clay, working pencil mazes, and threading beads will increase dexterity and build fine motor skills.
  • Schedule penmanship practice time for 5-10 minutes a day.
  • If your child can’t remember how to form letters consistently—writing them correctly at times, but incorrectly at other times—it could be a sign that he has problems with his working memory.
  • Work on correct letter formation by using multisensory methods and techniques that don’t require writing. Finger-writing in the air, in sand, in shaving cream, or on sandpaper are all great exercises that can encourage improvement in proper letter formation.
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Dysgraphia Also Affects Reading and Spelling

For a child with dysgraphia, the very act of writing takes so much energy that it actually interferes with the process of learning, which can then negatively impact his ability to learn.

Because your child’s dysgraphia affects the way he learns to read and spell, it’s important to remove the handwriting barrier from both of these subject areas. All About Reading and All About Spelling are designed to do just that! In fact, both programs can be completed without requiring any handwriting at all.

Here are some features that will help your child learn more quickly:

  • AAR and AAS are multisensory. With a multisensory approach, children take in and interact with information in various ways. Learning happens through multiple senses, primarily through sight, sound, and touch (kinesthetic). The kinesthetic approach can be very helpful to a child who has expressive language struggles.
  • AAR and AAS are incremental and mastery-based. In both programs, students master one concept before moving on to a new concept. This helps reduce frustration and confusion and allows children to move at their own pace through the curriculum.
  • AAR and AAS use color-coded letter tiles. Working with the letter tiles can make the difference between understanding a concept and not understanding it. The letter tiles provide a kinesthetic method for practicing spelling words without the need for paper and pencil.
  • AAR and AAS have built-in review in every lesson. Children with learning difficulties benefit from lots of review. Customized review allows you to target the areas in which your child is struggling.
  • AAR and AAS are highly motivational. Both programs use a wide variety of fun, hands-on activities that minimize the need for writing. Short, engaging lessons and the ability to track their own progress keep kids motivated from the very first lesson.

But what do moms who are in the trenches with their struggling learners say about overcoming dysgraphia?

Some Hope and Encouragement for You

Helping a child who is struggling with dysgraphia takes patience. Change may not come quickly, but trust that it will come! And to encourage you during this process, I’d like to share a few success stories from our community.

Here’s Tanya’s story:

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“My daughter has dysgraphia and she is thriving with AAS! We just finished level 4 (starting 4th grade). The tiles are great for spelling when writing is just too much.

I like that the lessons are at our own pace, and that she can master the material in a way that works best for her! Thanks!”

This is from Rebekah, another mom who is finding success with AAS:

“Although we haven’t pursued an official diagnosis, our eight-year-old son has all the characteristics of dysgraphia. The best thing we ever did was back off from writing for a while. He still struggles, but it’s getting easier. He loves his AAR, and we will be starting AAS soon. Things are finally clicking, and I am so thankful that spelling, reading, and writing no longer involve tears!”

And Sharon shared what a difference All About Spelling is making for her son:

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“My son used to feel defeated, but now he has so much more enthusiasm for reading since he doesn’t have to write. He doesn’t dread school when his hands don’t hurt and get tired. He also doesn’t waste erasers from erasing so often!

“He uses his magnetic letter tiles to build his words now, and he’ll often ask to handwrite the words he has built. The tiles help him tell his b, d, p, and q apart, which make writing and spelling easier. Being able to look at the letters while writing has helped his handwriting improve, too!”

The Bottom Line: Don’t Let Dysgraphia Rob Your Child

Handwriting may seem like a small part of education, but it affects your child’s ability to express ideas. It’s important to address dysgraphia, and to prevent it from stealing your child’s motivation, his joy of learning, and his self-esteem.

Starting today, you can help make learning easier for your child with dysgraphia by implementing three simple ideas.

  1. Compensation: Minimize the distractions and frustrations of the writing process by using alternatives to handwritten assignments.
  2. Evaluate: Establishing proper handwriting position is critical to handwriting success. Begin the process by checking your child’s handwriting position.
  3. Remediation: Work on improving your child’s penmanship skills by using the ideas in this post.

If you have any questions about your child’s dysgraphia and how it affects reading and spelling instruction, please feel free to call or email us. With All About Reading and All About Spelling, your child can continue to learn without frustration, and we’re here to help!

Does your child struggle with dysgraphia? What has helped? Let us know in the comments below!

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Priya Ram

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My son is turning 6 in October. He is able to read and he can spell using letter sounds. Sometimes it is conventional sometimes it is inventive writing. But he is very reluctant to write and takes a long time to complete anything that involves pencils and paper. He doesn’t want to go school on days he has art because he told me it is challenging. When I spoke to his teacher, she said it is only writing that seems to be a challenge. And he feels uncomfortable in art class because his friends finish their works faster than him. I am very concerned not to let this hinder his self esteem or confidence. He is a happy kid and I shall try your strategies to see if I can help him manage his writing. Thank you.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Priya. I hope you find the tips and ideas here helpful.

As for art, is it possible he is finishing more slowly than his classmates because he is more careful and detailed in his art?

Muktar Usman

says:

My 5 year old son can’t even write anything but he is well familiar with alphabet, he also read and spell but he can’t write anything. Thank you for your support.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m sorry your son is having difficulties, Muktar. However, it is pretty common for young children like your 5-year-old son to have trouble with writing. Their little hands are often not yet ready to be successful with the physical demands of writing.

At that age, we would expect most students to be able to write their own names and a few words at a time. Slowly, over many months, they would build up to writing short sentences. Even though he is reading and spelling, it will take time for his muscles to develop for him to be able to write.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions.

Paige

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Yes! And there are also pens and pencils on Amazon that help with loosening up that grip. My son loves them. I would recommend the pens and not the pencils as the lead is a PAIN to reload. AAR definitely helps with the reading and we use fun dry erase marker pads for our AAS.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for the recommendation, Paige.

Ada

says:

???my son has dysgraphia. And I have handled it poorly. I didn’t know. I thought he was just being lazy. I feel so bad. I just gave him a hug and told him I love him so much.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

It is understandable, Ada. Sometimes it is hard for someone that doesn’t struggle to understand and appreciate what it is like to have a learning disability. But focusing on the care and love we have for the struggling learner is the best way to begin to help them!

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Joel

says:

My son has reading and spelling problem sometimes I get irritated but with the tips I received from reading some of the stories will try and help him as much as I can

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I do help the tips you have found on this blog are helpful for and your son, Joel. However, if you have specific concerns or need help, please let me know.

Robin

says:

My 10-year old loves to draw and color and play Minecraft and Roblox and is a pretty good reader, but she can’t spell even simple, common words (food, book, could, would, cake, fill, salad, etc.). It doesn’t appear that her problem is holding her writing tools, but it’s just the spelling. She, herself, is aware of this problem that she has, but doesn’t know what to do about it. Where do we go now? Thanks.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Robin,
I would recommend All About Spelling for your child.

My own daughter was very much the same. She was 10 and reading above grade level, but couldn’t spell at all. That is when I found All About Spelling. We started with level 1 because she absolutely needed that level, but she was able to go through it in just a month. But what an improvement she made in her spelling in that month! She went on to complete all seven levels in just a few years, and now I sometimes ask her how to spell something!

Our blog post on Using All About Spelling with Older Students will be helpful for you.

Let me know if you have additional questions or need anything else.

Chinwe Juliet

says:

Please i need help my daughter of 6years cant write,cant identify alhabet and numbers, have change her in diffrient schools but yet nothing,she cant still write,please i need help

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m sorry your daughter is having such trouble with learning, Chinwe! However, if she doesn’t know the alphabet yet, then that is the place to focus. A child isn’t ready to write or anything else until she knows the alphabet and how to read.

Check out our blog post on Top 10 Activities for Letter Knowledge for lots of downloadable activities and tips for helping her to learn the alphabet.

Nobuhle

says:

Good day .
My child is 9yrs .and she can’t write and reading I’m worried at her school thy r busy laying to me say she’s doing well and thy keep saying she must go to other grades now she is going to do grade4 but i can see she knows nothing please help what can i do.she is not staying with me she is in Eastern Cape.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so sorry your child is struggling, Nobuhle! You may find our Signs of a Reading Problem and 10 Tips for Reaching Your Struggling Learner articles helpful.

Catherine Knight

says:

You forgot adaptive paper!

My daughter is doing much better with paper that helps with both size, alignment and letter spacing, We paper designed for cursive and print.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for mentioning adaptive paper, Catherine!

Prity

says:

My 10 years old son, he is hyper aggressive, how can I help him to study? He can’t read or write .How can I teach him at home?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so sorry your son is struggling, Prity. The tips outlined in this blog post can help students that struggle with writing. Also, consider starting to teach him the physical aspects of writing on a lower level than his age. For example, teach him how to form single letters, and only when he is comfortable with that, teach him to write single words. Slowly build up to two to three word phrases, then short sentences, and so on. Basically, separate the physical act of writing from the mental or creative act and teach each separately.

Peshy

says:

Good day
My 7 years old son can’t read and write..I have been teaching him almost everyday to write his name but he forgets quickly or just start playing around..I think he has all the symptoms and I realy don’t know what to do ..he is going to repeat 1st grade so I change him to a private school I’m just scared what could happen coz he just lazy
Please help

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so sorry your son is having such difficulties, Peshy! Children that struggle with learning aren’t just lazy; their minds work differently and they must work harder to understand less than others. This makes them tired and makes it hard to keep focus. I hope his new school will be able to give him the help he needs.

However, you may find our information on helping memory useful for him. Check out our free Memory Report.

Emily

says:

My child is 13 years old he is struggling with the hand writing, he has all systoms of dysgraphia please help

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I am sorry to hear your child is struggling so, Emily. I think you will find the tips and suggestions outlined here helpful. With such students, it is important to still work on handwriting but to do it separately from the rest of their work. That way they can learn things like reading and history at the level they are ready for, but they can also focus on learning to write words and short sentences at a much easier level.

Suvarna

says:

Good morning!
My child is 6 now and he struggles with writing. Though he can sing ABC song, he cannot write the alphabets in correct sequence. Even in case of numbers he tends to remember the numbers instead of understanding the logic behind it. So he can’t really write the numbers after 20. What could be the reason for this. Many alphabets he writes are reverse of what the actual letter is. Tries to read the word from the last alphabet. Please guide.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m sorry your son is struggling, Suvarna. However, 6 years old is still very young and many children of that age still have trouble with writing and numbers.

It sounds like your son is having trouble understanding how important direction is for language. Before learning letters, children don’t have to worry about directionality. A chair is a chair whether it is facing left, right, or even if it is upsidedown. But in English, directionality is utterly important and it can take time for young children to learn this. If a chair is still a chair if it is facing left or if it is facing right, it can be hard to understand why a b becomes a d when it faces the other way. It can take a lot of reminders and practice to learn that words must be read from left to right.

Work with your son daily on the directionality of letters and words. Talk about how he will always start reading from the left side. Have a chart or poster of the alphabet and point out the way letters face. Allow him to write letters while looking at the chart so he can get them in the correct direction.

As mentioned in our How to Solve Letter Reversals blog post, it is normal to write letters reversed until age 8 or so. However, the tips and ideas in that post can help him to learn the correct direction of letters too.

Our How to Teach Alphabetizing blog post has printables to help with learning the alphabet in order.

As for numbers, it sounds like he needs instruction on place value to understands how numbers larger than 20 work. We have a focus on reading and spelling and so do not have math resources. However, I am sure there are math resources to help with this available online. I will add, however, that it also sounds like he is doing well for his age and it is normal for students to be older before they master larger numbers.

I hope this helps some. Please let me know if you have further questions.

Sneha Dhulla

says:

This article is really very helpful. My daughter is 10 years old and when it comes to writing she get so angry and frustrated. When I went through the symptoms they do not match completely. Don’t know what to do with this problem. If u can guide me

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sneha,
Not every child with dysgraphia will exhibit all the symptoms, and there are other disabilities that can cause difficulties with writing. However, the ideas and tips here can help any child with writing difficulties.

Teresa Howard

says:

Wow wish I’d had this information year s ago, my son was not diagnosed with this but that’s his problem to this day, he’s 28yrs, and it still effects him today,, low esteem,, depressed and no goals to reach for,, I just wish I knew what to do for him., To late he’s an adult now, wont help self which makes me feel bad, should of done more in the begining, now we both suffer, so people learn from this, it won’t get better without tackling the problem, touchdown,! Or you’ll be like me and my son , we missed the field goal.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so sorry to hear your son is still having trouble and difficulties, Teresa. Thank you for sharing his story.

ROKIPEDIA

says:

To be honest your article is informative and very helpful. After i saw your site and i read it and it help me a lot.
Thanks for share your kind information.

Alysia Newsom

says:

This article is full of so much helpful information. I plan on using these ideas with my own student.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you found this helpful, Alysia. Let me know if you have any questions or ever need help.

Suzanne Smith

says:

My grandson is 8 and in the 2nd grade and has been diagnosed as academically gifted. He’s reading above his grade level, no problem. The problem is, he can’t write. He’s brilliant in math if SOMEONE ELSE writes the numbers, he can’t.

What help, outside the home, is available? Is the school responsible for tutoring in this area?

I think it would be detrimental fir him not to pass his grade due to the writing issue and yet he’s brilliant. What can be done? What are the options?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Suzanne,
Schools can and, if requested in writing, are required to evaluate students for writing learning disabilities. Once they have evaluated him, then the process for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can begin. His IEP should include both accommodations in the classroom (such as being allowed to complete work orally or with technology aid) and specialized help to improve his writing abilities. However, in many cases, it is essential for parents to be strong advocates for their children through the entire process and after to ensure the child is getting all that he needs to be successful.

Start by speaking with his teacher and provide him or her with a written request for evaluation. Follow up on it. Paperwork and such takes time, especially as schools are playing catch-up due to everything that has happened this year, but you should be feeling like progress toward his evaluation and IEP meeting is being made, even if slow.

Outside of the school, consider also speaking with your child’s pediatrician about it as well. Occupational therapy is often covered by insurance and can be very helpful in these situations.

I hope this helps some. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Keke

says:

I’m 21 year old but can’t read I need help

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m sorry you are struggling, Keke. Do you have anyone that can help you learn?

Lorri Ingrassia

says:

I’m not sure if my grandson struggles with this or if it is too soon to know. He complains about finger pain and his hand hurting. He is incredibly bright and can sight read at just 5 years old but seems to be struggling with assignments in kindergarten. I will look up the resources you have recommended. Thank you
Grandma Lorri

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lorri,
It may be too soon to know, but you can help him build up his hand muscles and fine motor skills. Playdough is a wonderful activity for this, as is painting (both with brushes and finger paints), and cutting with scissors. Doing these sorts of activities most every day should help him.

Oh, and little kids should be using little pencils and crayons. The big “My First Pencils” marketed for young students are actually too big and heavy for small hands. Little pencils (sometimes called “golf pencils) or half-used pencils and broken crayons are much better in size and weight for the youngest writers.

Lakeitha

says:

Hello, I think my Son is suffering from dysgraphia. He’s now 15 years old and has been having a difficult time getting through school and he struggles the most with anything that has to do with a lot of reading.

He has also been diagnosed with ADHD but I’ve always thought that it was more to it. I’ve seen signs that he may have dysgraphia but I just didn’t know where to start. He was having a real hard time with his art project which he had to trace a circle object. I also noticed that he holds his pencil in an awkward position but I never thought that it was a problem.

He also writes very tiny unless I tell him to write a little bigger. He knows that he’s different because of the struggles he deals with but I don’t treat him different nor do I want him to be look at as different from society. I’m at the point that I just want my child to succeed and to be able to feel as though he has some kind of normalcy in his life. Please help!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lakeitha,
It may be best to start by requesting evaluation from his school. You will likely have to make a formal request in writing. You can also speak to his pediatrician about testing for dysgraphia and other learning disabilities.

Dysgraphia doesn’t tend to affect reading, but you mention he struggles with anything that has a lot of reading. While much of what you describe does tend to suggest dysgraphia, he may also have a reading disability. It may help to take a look at our Symptoms of Dyslexia Checklist as well.

In today’s modern world, it is easier than ever for those that struggle with writing to succeed. Most devices have speech-to-text options where he can speak his writing and have it be converted to text. Word processing programs like Word and Google Docs have voice dictation options as well. With an official diagnosis and IEP from the school, he can use such options for school work even into college.

I hope this gives you a bit of a direction to proceed in. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Rebecca

says:

My son is 12 still in grade 4 because he can’t read or write how can I help him. I’m so stressed

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rebecca,
I’m sorry your son is struggling! You may find our Signs of a Reading Problem and 10 Tips for Reaching Your Struggling Learner post helpful.

Very often, older students that struggle like this are missing some foundational skills that will help them to succeed. You may need a “No Gaps” Approach to Reading and Spelling to help your son master those foundational skills.

Please let me know if you have any questions or have specific concerns.

Liz

says:

My 17 year old struggles with writing structure. I started homeschooling when she was 9 because of it. Then we placed her back in high school her junior year. All regular classes. She made straight A’s. I tried to get her proper assistance but because the teachers were GIVING her A’s without looking at her written work and because she was a model student I could not get assistance. I took it all the way to the school board. They gave her a 504 plan that did not address her dyslexia nor dysgraphia. I spent thousands on diagnosis and 8 months fighting the system. They only addressed her dyscalculia (her strongest subject happens to be math!). Then the pandemic hit. I have pulled her from school and am homeschooling again for her senior year. She wants to go to college. But I am lost as to what to do. She can barely produce a simple sentence. She has gotten worse since she spent a year in public school. And I don’t know how to help her anymore. Her grammatical structuring is so bad that computer programs designed for dyslexics cannot help her. Her content however, is college level thinking. This has been such a tough journey for us both. Does anyone have suggestions?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Liz,
I am so sorry your daughter is still struggling after all you have done.

The good news about college is that they tend to be much more receptive to addressing students’ learning disabilities than many high schools. Each college will have an office or department specifically concerned with learning disabilities. What it is called varies from school to school, but if you go to the school’s website and search for learning disability you will find the office’s page.

That office will be able to tell you what is needed to prove her disability for accommodations at their specific school. The diagnosis and evaluations you have already done will most likely qualify. Then your daughter would work with that office to determine what accommodations would most benefit her in her classes.

When you mention that her grammatical structuring doesn’t allow her to use computer programs designed for dyslexics, what exactly do you mean? Do you mean a speech-to-text option that allows someone to speak and the program types it for her doesn’t work correctly? I’m not sure what she is experiencing in, so I’m unsure what suggestions to offer.

I hope this helps some, but I would be happy to help further. Please let me know.

Lisa

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My son is in grade 6 (11 years old). After pushing at the school last year to have some testing done he has been diagnosed with dysgraphia. He is a very intelligent boy who soaks up so much information and general knowledge as well as having a very vivid imagination and advanced vocabulary. Whilst things were put into place last year to allow him to use things such as Talk to text I find this year he is a little more conscious of the fact that he does things differently and does not use his resources as well as he should. I worry about him going into secondary school next year and him getting lost in the system a bit. We have chosen a very nurturing school but peer pressure and wanting to fit in is a real concern. Any ideas

Ronald

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My little girl is struggling flipping letters and numbers and putting words in right place she is. 9

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ronald,
I’m sorry your little girl is struggling with this. We have a How to Solve Letter Reversals blog post I think you will find helpful. The tips in it work equally well for numbers.

Please let me know if you need more information.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lisa,
I’m sorry your son is struggling so. It is good that he has a diagnosis and access to accommodations like speech-to-text software.

Not wanting to draw attention to our weaknesses is very much human nature. It is understandable. However, being successful in school is very important! I think this would be something to discuss with his teachers. It seems to me they may have seen things like this before and you would need to work with them to help encourage your son to use his resources. And the encouragement may need to be in the form of discouraging him from not using his resources, such as requiring him to repeat the work if he doesn’t use them and the work doesn’t meet standards.

I hope you find what your son needs to be successful. This is a difficult age made more difficult with a learning difference.

Sibabrata Das

says:

Hi my son is grade 4. And I think he is not writing and reading properly. hardly shoes any interest of writing even after many several request. Can you please guide me how to deal with this in India I stay in Mumbai.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sibabrata,
I’m so sorry your son is struggling. I think you will find our 10 Tips for Reaching Your Struggling Learner blog post helpful. Let me know if you have specific questions or need more information.

SABARI MP

says:

My son having 5 years old .studying in UKG .
He learning very fast but very difficult in writing ….
/ nil in writing skills . I think he can’t understand the technique.

Robin E.

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It sounds like your son is having a hard time, Sabrari. I’m so sorry he is struggling.

Five years old is still very young; most children that age are still learning how to write one letter at a time. We have a blog post on Top 10 Activities for Letter Knowledge that may help you to teach him how to write letters. Only once he can write letters easily will he be ready to write words.

I hope this helps. We have other free resources you may find helpful as well.

Gabriella Jochums

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Great post!

Tara

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Hi

How do I see if my son has this, he is 12 and after reading this article the issues he has points to this

Robin E.

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Tara,
You can request for your son to be tested for dyslexia through your local school or your son’s physician can provide referrals for testing. You can also find more information on it at Understood.org, a website specifically about learning disabilities.

Stephanie Williams

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Have you heard of the mind eye institute ? I called and talked to your husband quite a while back. It is so wonderful you are helping others. I took my son to the mind eye institute. It is amazing! Dr. Z believes that if the eyes and ears are not in sync it can cause so many problems. People with add, adhd, autism, brain injuries and more are getting help. Thank God for this place. I know the Lord showed me this place. I prayed and prayed for years and we were just feeling done, like he would just need to learn at home and I had been talking to Jesus about it and I stumbled across it on the internet. I thought of the conversation I had with your husband and wanted to tell you about the place. It truly is amazing and gift from God. Thank you for all your help full advice and tips.

Robin E.

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Thanks for sharing, Stephanie. I hope your son finds the help he needs.

mary

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Hi, My 5-year-old who has started school in January has little to no handwriting skills or reading skills We had some testing done with a psychologist and they noted that she might be dysgraphia, dyslexic or both and we need to keep an eye on it. How do I know if she has either and how to best help her?
She knows how to write her name but nothing else, despite us trying hard to teacher her the alphabet. Her drawing is also very limited.

Robin E.

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Mary,
It will take further testing and evaluation to confirm a diagnosis of dyslexia, dysgraphia, or both. However, you can proceed as if she has both as the only risk of doing so will be that she gets some extra help. Since she needs extra help, that isn’t really a risk.

Both All About Reading and All About Spelling are Orton-Gillingham based, which is a proven approach for helping students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. It’s also the approach that the International Dyslexia Association recommends. The author of AAR and AAS, Marie Rippel, is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and has instructed graduate-level courses in Orton-Gillingham Literacy Training offered through Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She is also a member of Pro Literacy, has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Literary Task Force in Wisconsin, and tutored students for more than 20 years. If you haven’t had a chance to watch their story about her son’s struggles, you may want to check that out (they were told he would never read). It’s an amazing, heart touching story!

You might like to visit our Dyslexia Resources Page.

Here are some ways that All About Reading can help kids with learning difficulties:

– Each lesson time is simple and explicit, and will include 3 simple steps: review of what was learned the day before, a simple new teaching, and a short practice of that new teaching.

– Incremental lessons. AAR breaks every teaching down into its most basic steps and then teaches the lessons in a logical order, carrying the students from one concept or skill to the next. Each step builds on the one the student has already mastered.

– AAR is multisensory. Research has shown that when a child is taught through all three pathways at the same time, a method known as simultaneous multisensory instruction, he will learn significantly more than when taught only through his strongest pathway.

– AAR uses specially color-coded letter tiles. Working with the All About Reading letter tiles can make the difference between understanding or not understanding a concept.

– AAR is scripted, so you can concentrate on your child. The script is very clear, without excess verbiage.

– AAR has built-in review in every lesson. Children with learning difficulties generally need lots of review in order to retain concepts. With AAR, your child will have a Reading Review Box so you can customize the review. This way, you can concentrate on just the things that your child needs help with, with no time wasted on reviewing things that your child already knows.

– AAR has lots of fluency practice. One of the things that Marie noticed when she was researching reading programs is that few programs have enough review built in for kids who struggle to gain fluency. AAR has fluency sheets or a story to be read with every lesson, so children can practice reading smoothly with expression and confidence.

All About Reading has a “Go Ahead and Use It!” money-back one-year guarantee. You can try it, and if for any reason you feel that it isn’t the right match for your child, return it for a full refund.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have additional questions, need help with placement, or anything else.

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