Characteristics of Students with Dysgraphia
Student profile: Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability in writing. Students with dysgraphia may have difficulty writing legibly and at age-appropriate speed. Many children with dysgraphia also struggle to put their thoughts down on paper. This is sometimes called a disorder of written expression.
How Oakwood Can Help Students with Dysgraphia
Our teachers understand the sequence of skills necessary for writing and use a variety of materials and teaching techniques based on a student’s specific challenges. Teachers provide explicit instruction in the rules of writing beginning at the sentence level to include parts of speech, when and how to write different types of sentences and paragraphs, understanding of word choice, ideas and voice. Often students with dysgraphia struggle with the organization of writing our teachers know that graphic organizers are a useful tool for these students.
Handwriting instruction begins with correct formation of the printed letters, overseen by our Occupational Therapist in the group lessons. Cursive instruction, as well as direct typing instruction, begins around third grade as students are ready. Efficient keyboarding and effective use of technology are essential parts of our program for all students not just those with dysgraphia.