Help & Resources

Dysgraphia Help & Resources


There is a lot of helpful information and useful equipment to help people with dysgraphia; you will find some below:

Dysgraphia and Hand Strengthening Techniques

You can see from the lists below that there are lots of things you can use to help students. Everything listed has been tried and tested for people with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s).


Dysgraphia – Hand Strengthening Equipment:

Squeeze Balls / Squidgie Ball

These are available large or small, and varying degrees of soft to very hard

 

Modelling Clay, Play-Doh etc.

These type of products, help strengthen hands and fingers. They can be pushed and pummelled into different shapes.

 

Plasticine
Make words out of plasticine.

 

Coloured Beads

Threading coloured beads in a particular order, using small to medium beads.

 

Lego
Lego is excellent to work with.

 

‘Paint by Number’
You can get these from very easy to extremely complicated.

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Dysgraphia - Touch Typing

 

Touch Typing

There are a lot of ‘Touch Typing’ packages available. However, I think for people with dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyspraxia or other learning difficulties (SpLD’s), it is advisable to use programmes that were specially designed with ‘dyslexic’ type problems in mind. The programmes listed below, have been tested and used for years. They are excellent.


Dysgraphia:  Typing Packages

KAZ – Typing Programme

Children love this because it has a big yellow bird that helps to teach them to type. Designed for children 6+ years (This company now has a Dyslexia Edition which has been developed by the ‘Dyslexia Research Trust’.)

KAZ

 

‘Nessy Fingers Touch Typing

‘Nessy Fingers Touch Typing’, helps children improve spelling and keyboard skills.  Designed for children between 8-12 years.

Nessy

Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS)

Children who learn to touch type via a multisensory course like Touch-type Read and Spell also have their phonics skills reinforced.

TTRS

 

Type to Learn 3
Students embark on time-travel missions to learn keyboarding skills.

Smart Kids

Dysgraphia Treatment

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.

etch_a_sketch)• Using ‘Etch-a-Sketch’ to practice writing – write, shake it and it goes away.

• Tracking 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 and
  • Strategies.
Help & Advice
An excellent group to help with handwriting is the Society for Italic Handwriting(SIH).  They 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:

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


National Handwriting Association The National Handwriting Association – Is a charity whose aims are to raise awareness of the importance of handwriting. National Handwriting Association


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)


Handwriting Repair Write Your Future – A group championing the importance of handwriting.
Write Your Future


Pen Museum 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 Museum


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. 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


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

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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