Help & Resources

It is extremely important that student’s of all ages, and especially with dysgraphia have good handwriting and more especially use a cursive script to achieve that end.

Several groups specialise in handwriting. All of these companies primary concern is to promote the improvement of handwriting standards in schools and support children with handwriting difficulties.


Help & Advice

Another excellent group is, the Society for Italic Handwriting(SIH), which launched The Good Handwriting Initiative in 1997. The Society aims to promote good handwriting and excellent teaching. A particular concern is to help teachers at Key Stage 1 (KS1) who wish to begin teaching cursive writing from the first day in reception

Below is a selection of groups, dedicated to good hand-writing:


Society for Italic Handwriting (SIH)
The Society for Italic Handwriting (SIH) is a registered charity. Its aim is to spread the practice of the Italic script.
www.nickthenibs.co.uk


The Society for Italic Handwriting
The Society for Italic Handwriting is a Registered Charity , its aim is to spread the practice of the Italic script.
Italic-handwriting


Better Letters
Better Letters is your personal handwriting trainer, inspired by the instructional handwriting font work of UK handwriting specialist Christopher Jarman. The app provides instructional lectures (audio and written), and practice fonts with choice of writing style, guidelines,and directional arrows.
Better Letters


Skill Builders
This is an excellent website.  It used to be free but unfortunately now you have to pay to join it.
Skill Builders on line


Society for Scribes and Illuminators 
The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, based in the UK, is one of the most well-established and respected calligraphy societies in the world.
Society for Scribes and Illuminators


The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)
The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) is the largest and most supportive lettering society in the world. It is based in the United Kingdom and has an extensive membership in Europe as well as many other countries.
The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)


Handwriting Repair
‘Handwriting Repair’ is a system used to help with handwriting.  Useful site in showing how we may always need to be able to write!
Handwriting that works


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)
IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship.

Don’t be put off by their ‘home page’, which displays a beautiful manuscript written in script and different fonts, which many people with dysgraphia and dyslexia will find difficult to read.
IAMPETH


Society for Scribes and Illuminators 
The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, based in the UK, is one of the most well-established and respected calligraphy societies in the world.
Society for Scribes and Illuminators


The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)
The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) is the largest and most supportive lettering society in the world. It is based in the United Kingdom and has an extensive membership in Europe as well as many other countries.
The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)


Better Letters
Better Letters is your personal handwriting trainer, inspired by the instructional handwriting font work of UK handwriting specialist Christopher Jarman. The app provides instructional lectures (audio handwritten), and practice fonts with choice of writing style, guidelines,and directional arrows.

Better Letters


Society for Italic Handwriting (SIC)
Another excellent group is, the Society for Italic Handwriting (SIC), which launched The Good Handwriting Initiative in 1997. The Society’s aim is to promote good handwriting and good teaching. A particular concern is to help teachers at Key Stage 1 (KS1) who wish to begin teaching cursive writing from the first day in reception.
www.societyforitalicihandwriting.co.uk


Harcourt Assessment
‘Handwriting Without Tears’,  This is an excellent teaching aid and the children really enjoy it.
Handwriting Without Tears


TTS
This company has several different ‘writing slopes’ to help children hold their arm in the correct position.
www.TTSGroup

They also have a ‘Sit on Wedge Posture Aid’. The wedge shape helps balance, encourages proper sitting and correct posture.
www.TTSGroup


Penfriend XP LTD
World class word prediction, speech feedback, and on-screen keyboard for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.
Penfriend XP


Handwriting Repair
Useful site in showing how we may always need to be able to write!
Handwriting that works


Pen Room
Museum and Learning Centre of Writing and Pen Trade Memorabilia.  Really interesting facts about how pens have evolved and you can have a pen ‘nib’ made especially for you.
Pen Room

How You Can Help

You can help a student with dysgraphia, by using Multi-Sensory Teaching Methods, developing skills through play and hand strengthening exercises.

What is Multi-Sensory?

I am frequently being asked by parents and students, ‘what does multi-sensory mean’. Multi-Sensory merely means, using: eyes, ears, touch, taste and smell; using some or all these methods have shown to be the most effective way of teaching students with dyslexia.
You can see from the lists below that there are lots of things you can use to help students. Most of these things are free or very cheap to buy. Most of the time the students, especially the younger ones, think they are merely ‘playing’.


Dysgraphia treatment – playing with things like:

• Practising letter formation in sand/salt trays. (I use cat litter trays they are very cheap.)
• Using chalk or coloured pens, to do letter formation on black/white board.
• Shape and pattern copying.
• Pre-formed letter shapes, children follow with their fingers.
•Templates – help to keep paper in the right place/angle.
• Tracing.Picture: Etch_a_Sketch
• Using ‘Etch a Sketch’ to practice writing – write, shake it and it goes away.
• etch_a_sketchTracking objects to their ‘homes’, i.e., tracing along the line back to the rabbit hutch etc.
• Colouring in ‘mosaics’ or ‘paint by number’ are excellent to improve ‘fine motor’ control, (much better than simply writing).
• Colouring in old-fashioned ‘doylies’ (for cakes) is another way to improve fine-motor control.
• Threading coloured beads.
• Jigsaws.
• Juggling.
• Swimming.

Dysgraphia treatment – Hand Strengthening Techniques:

• Squeeze balls.
• Play hockey, tennis etc.

Dysgraphia treatment – developing skills, including:

* Sequencing
* Space organisation
* Directional awareness
* Strategies.

Dysgraphia Book List

The Official Parent’s Sourcebook on Dysgraphia: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age
by Icon Health Publications
Author(s): Icon Health Publications
Pub Date: 11 Sep 2002

Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties – an Essential Guide
Author(s): Maria Chivers
Qualifications: ISBN: 1861440421
Pub Date: 18 Sep 2012

Practical Strategies for Living with Dyslexia
Author(s): Maria Chivers
Qualifications: ISBN: 185302905
Pub Date: 2001

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies
Author(s): Maria Chivers
Qualifications: ISBN: 1843103788
Pub Date: 31/08/2006

More Dysgraphia Links

Below is a selection of Useful Dysgraphia Links:


Skill Builders
This is an excellent website.  It used to be free but unfortunately now you have to pay to join it.
Skill Builders on line


Handwriting Repair
‘Handwriting Repair’ is a system used to help with handwriting.  Useful site in showing how we may always need to be able to write!
Handwriting that works


Better Letters
Better Letters is your personal handwriting trainer, inspired by the instructional handwriting font work of UK handwriting specialist Christopher Jarman. The app provides instructional lectures (audio handwritten), and practice fonts with choice of writing style, guidelines,and directional arrows.
Better Letters


‘Handwriting Without Tears’ by Harcourt Assessment
‘Handwriting Without Tears’,  This is an excellent teaching aid and the children really enjoy it.
Handwriting Without Tears


TTS
This company has several different ‘writing slopes’ to help children hold their arm in the correct position.
www.TTSGroup

They also have a ‘Sit on Wedge Posture Aid’. The wedge shape helps balance, encourages proper sitting and correct posture.
www.TTSGroup


Penfriend XP LTD
World class word prediction, speech feedback, and on-screen keyboard for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.
Penfriend XP


Handwriting Repair
Useful site in showing how we may always need to be able to write!
Handwriting that works

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