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WRITING STRATEGIES TO HELP DYSGRAPHIA IN CHILDREN


Handwriting is a combination of thoughts and alphabets imprinted on a paper by hand. The words that are written on the paper not only carry the visual essence but also the abstract one. But when  handwriting is bad, there is an absence of cohesion between what meets the eye and the thought that is being conveyed. This happens due to the inability to understand the words that are written.

Usually, the lack of interest and laziness are accounted for a bad handwriting, but bad handwriting can also happen due to Dysgraphia. It is a recognized medical condition that has a neurological origin and causes the messy handwriting in the child. Other ways by which parents can identify Dysgraphia are an awkward grip of the pencil, illegible handwriting, slow pace and trouble aligning the columns as well as the thoughts.

Apart from messy handwriting, the downside that tags along with the condition are the constant badgering faced by the child at home and school, that may fill the child with reluctance towards writing and the end result could get even worse as the child may avoid writing completely. Thus, to prevent such a scenario, parents can follow the below-enlisted measures to help the child.

Using a different type of writing medium : Children with dysgraphia often face difficulty in analyzing the proper spacing and dimensions of the alphabets written, for which parents can use an alternative to the conventional lined writing paper like a graph or colored sheet. These sheets can help the child get relieved from the monotonous visual stress and understand the spacing and dimensions of the words.

Variation in writing tools : Dysgraphia in children can also be identified if the children have difficulty in having a proper grip of the pen or pencil. So to facilitate the process of writing, the child should be provided with light and delicate tools like a chalk or a feather or a soft gripped pencil or a pen, that can enhance the grip of the child.

Exercising of motor skills : Dysgraphia is a medical condition of the motor skills which require efficient coordination between the brain, arm, and hand. For this, the child can practice the exercises that can strengthen fingers and hands.

Try a different writing font : Encouraging the child to try for different handwriting options like cursive writing or calligraphy can help the child explore his understanding towards writing alphabets, their spacing, and dimensions. This can further help them relax and be self-confident in their writing skills.

Using paperless writing techniques : The understanding towards the alphabets can be enhanced by practicing the same, but a badly written alphabet can render the entire effort in vain. Therefore, practicing paperless writing like making alphabets in the air, water or sand using the fingers can show loads of positive effects on the multi-sensory skills as well as the finger and hand eye coordination of the child.

So wait no more and give a try to the above tips and try improving not only the handwriting but also building the self-confidence, within the child.



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