Dysgraphia Hacks for Parents

10 Hacks for Home

  • Maintain a structured routine to ensure your child’s mind-body balance
  • Keep kiddos hydrated and engage them in regular physical activity
  • Maintain handwriting practice – have your child write an invisible C from the top corner the bottom before actually writing letters.
  • Begin teaching your child keyboarding as early as possible
  • Whenever possible use lined paper for writing
  • Whenever possible use graph paper for Math
  •  As early as possible get in the habit of using speech to text software
  • Make sure your child has a comfortable pencil
  • Regularly model appropriate pencil grip and paper position with your child
  • Teach your child to give themselves and others GRACE – Give:  Respect, Admiration, Courtesy, and Empathy

10 Hacks for School

  • Play to your child’s strengths – let others know where they shine
  • Plan to meet with your child’s teacher and the school’s Occupational Therapist prior to enrollment to open the door to collaboration
  • Ask about teaching your child cursive sooner than later
  • Have your child play with dysgraphia-friendly apps at home and observe them.  This will help  you know where they are struggling
  • Keep a poster of the alphabet in their room and review letters and sounds daily
  • Inquire with the school about available Assistive Technology
  • Provide your child access to speech to text software for writing-intensive assignment
  • Make sure your child is not graded for handwriting
  • Ask teachers to allow for extra time or dictation on timed writing assignments
  • Do not bombard them with to do’s right after school – allow them recovery time