Supporting Young People with Dysgraphia

There are many ways to help a person with dysgraphia achieve success. Generally strategies fall into three categories:

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Each type of strategy should be considered when planning instruction and support. A person with dysgraphia will benefit from help from both specialists and those who are closest to the person.

Some example supports for dysgraphia include:

  • Allowing extra time to complete written tasks
  • Utilising assistive technology such as voice to text software to remove the burden of handwriting
  • Use of a scribe
  • Providing templates and more scaffolding for written tasks
  • Explicit instruction in phonics and spelling
  • Reducing the amount of written work that needs to be completed (quality over quantity)
  • Allowing alternative assessment practices, such as oral assessments and presentations

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