Dysgraphia.

teddy-cover-3Dysgraphia is a type of writing learning disability and is often misunderstood by adults and regular education teachers.  If your child has dysgraphia you often notice many of the following: a strange or awkward pencil grasp, difficulty consistently forming certain letters, messy looking handwriting, slower handwriting, may complain his or her hand aches after writing, difficulty putting thoughts onto paper, or may make mistakes when copying information from the board to paper.  These children are often a wiz with technology but old fashion writing presents a huge challenge.

Dysgraphia is often diagnosed by occupational therapists, school psychologists, clinical psychologists and developmental pediatricians. It takes more than a handwriting sample to diagnose dysgraphia.  Most examiners will administer tests to confirm dysgraphia.

Dysgraphia treatment includes occupational therapy, special education instruction, special pencils, or using bypass strategies such as typing and technology. Just telling a child with dysgraphia to try harder won’t help.

Give your child (and possibly your child’s teacher) understanding through the book about Terrific Teddy’s writing.  Teddy is a smart and funny boy who struggles with writing so much that it seems like writing is a war and Teddy’s not sure who will win.  Thankfully, his mom gets him evaluated and learns he has dysgraphia and that there are lots of ways to strengthen Teddy’s writing.  With support and hard work Teddy learns he can win his writing war.

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