At Focused Education we understand that ‘writing sucks’. Here is some information on Dysgraphia and how to help.
Social Issues of Children with Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia is a learning difference that is associated with a writing difficulty. It dysgraphia is classified as biological in nature. It affects cognitive as well as fine motor abilities associated with writing. This means that it is possible of affecting the confidence level of a child from the onset. Young people facing confidence issues are normally challenged socially, and with dysgraphia, some social issues can obviously manifest. At Focused Education our occupational therapists understand how to assess and treat this frustrating condition.
Our specialist teaching team use their advice and knowledge when assisting children with writing tasks they find difficult. We have proven that this research-based, multidisciplinary approach produces great results for our Perth families. Tutoring your child has never been more effective… and fun.
“BUT I JUST CAN”T DO IT !!! ” The Temper Tantrums and how to help
It is normal for children to have short patience and easily get frustrated when faced with hurdles in school life. This is aggravated by those with dysgraphia because of difficulty in completing writing activities due to their slow process. The added pressure will not help a bit, so in order to avoid the manifestation of temper tantrums, every effort should be made to make writing more fun and invest time in developing the child’s writing skills. At Focused Education we know that managing your child’s health and wellbeing is paramount in West Australian parents minds. That’s why it’s our focus too.
Students that find writing difficult also find it hard to orally express their thoughts and ideas. This can lead to a number of social issues like the inability to effectively communicate with others or becoming prone to misunderstandings. One of the most effective ways to overcome this challenge is to expose children with dysgraphia visual stimulus that can aid or scaffold writing. This may be a writing template, word banks, video apps and games designed to enhance speaking skills. The Focused Education Perth, speech therapy team can teach your child specialist skills to improve their speech and expression.
Slow Language Processing
A child with dysgraphia sometimes becomes the victim of language nuisances like sarcasm or has no understanding of humour. The inabilities to immediately process and react to language interactions may make the child appear slow and open them to public ridicule from peers and similar age groups. Constant exposure to these types of language interactions like those in movies and television shows is one of the effective ways to help children with this biological condition to cope with double meanings and establish better social relationships.
Relationship building is the heart of Focused Education. Martyn Drysdale founded the enterprise to tutor Perth children with Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism. It now encompasses a diverse, professional team with specialists in most areas of learning differences. He loves the fact that he has started a domino effect among Perth schools with better support now being provided due to his lobbying. Martyn hopes the snowball of change ‘keeps on rolling!’.
Feeling like ‘the odd one out’.
The slow language processes and poor writing skills result in extremely low self-esteem causing the child with dysgraphia to believe that he is inferior to others. In fact, poor academic performance often enforces this wrong belief system. As with any type of confidence issue, building on the strengths of the child is the first vital step in helping boost self-esteem and reinforcing the belief that he can achieve anything.
It is easy to see with these common dysgraphia challenges that investing in spending quality time with a child with this biological condition is one of the best ways to ensure that he can cope and build better social relationships. Intensive, expert support is central to the services Focused Education provide because we know it works.
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