Here are some free resources that might help:
- My Child Was Just Diagnosed with Dysgraphia: Now What? — Understood.org — The article itself might not be anything new for you, but if you stay on this link long enough, a pop-up window will ask if you want free weekly tips for dysgraphia by email.
- Strategies for Dealing with Dysgraphia – LDonline.org — This is long and involved but talks about the difference between accommodating (making modifications for him in the classroom) and remediating (addressing his learning disability, so he can learn to write, spell, and read well). We advocate for both.
- Understanding Dysgraphia — International Dyslexia Assn — A good summary with some strategies woven into the fact sheet.
Working with Schools
- Wrightslaw.com — plenty of information on creating IEPs or 504s, and working with schools
- IEP vs 504 — comparison/contrast chart
A tip: In both an IEP and a 504, you may be able to request not only accommodations but also supports & services. Supports & Services to Request for your child with dysgraphia:
- Occupational therapy for dysgraphia
- Tutoring in writing, spelling, or reading as needed
- An aide or paraprofessional to assist with work completion, staying on task, & making corrections prior to turning in work
Here are some for-cost resources that you might look into:
NAC is the cursive program we recommend. Though not as well advertised as HWT, this has helped many children — especially boys with learning disabilities — to write well. Features: opens at the top, friendly meerkat leads the child through lessons, large font, large sizing, one letter at a time, and less “loopy” than traditional fonts. If you’re interested, you would definitely want to order this with the special Simply Classical multisensory lesson plans to help him. I can send you the link for those if you think you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a step-by-step writing program you can do with a Bible story book to comfort & encourage him while working on writing. You could do this over the summer.Simply Classical: Step by Step Sentences, Bible edition. Here is a sample. By the end, the student is writing his own good, clear sentences with proper punctuation and capitalization.
3. Encouragement & Strategies
This is the guidebook: Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
4. General Resource
Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Strategies to Succeed in School and Life with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, and Processing Disorders is a newer book I do not have, but it looks very good to me. This might be something useful for your son — for right now and for the future.
I will be at several events in 2019. This is the bio GHC features with many hyperlinks within, including a link to Michelle’s poetry books. I’m in the Classical Track and also the Special Needs Track. You would want Special Needs Track sessions for dysgraphia, whether you homeschool or “afterschool.” Aterschooling parents dedicate themselves to helping their children after school, on weekends, or over the summer.
Finally, a few tips:
Talking about him
Be sure not to speak as if “something is wrong with him” when you talk about his new diagnosis in front of him. You might say what you said to us, “We knew he was intelligent, but something was getting in the way.” Always follow it with something positive or encouraging like, “So now that we know, we’re making plans to make some changes that will help!”
Feel free to follow up if you need help with anything.
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Cheryl Swope, M.Ed.Special Needs CoordinatorMemoria Press
- author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child, (Memoria Press), foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith
- editor of Simply Classical Journal – free to subscribe
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- creator of Simply Classical Curriculum, ClassicalSpecialNeeds.com
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