If you’re a parent of a child with dysgraphia it can often feel as though you haven’t got the skillset or the knowledge to be able to provide them with the help that they need, which can obviously be frustrating at the best of times and even completely distressing at the worst of times.
The important thing to know is that at least trying something is better than not trying anything at all. There are plenty of people affected by dysgraphia and the research into the most effective strategies to help children with this issue is already starting to change the way that these children are taught.
Listed here are some possible strategies for parents to try with their children to see if they can possibly help to make an improvement to not just the quality of a child’s written work, but also to how they view that written work themselves.
Here are some things you can try.
1. Have your child use wide-ruled paper, graph paper, or paper with raised lines to help with letter and word alignment
This is probably one of the best places to start when it comes to finding things that could help a child with dysgraphia, as one of the main things they tend to struggle with is writing with adequate or indeed any spacing whatsoever.
By increasing the amount of space they have to write in, you are making the expectation more realistic to manage as the white space is much more obvious in a visual sense. This means that problems such as children writing with hardly any spaces at all can be phased out.
Using graph paper, or squared paper can be an extension of this idea and this method could help in an added way as well.
The squared paper could ask as a guideline for where children should write each letter, and they could be encouraged to try and write one letter in each square, to begin with, perhaps decreasing the size of the squares as they make progress.