Handwriting Tips for Children with Dyspraxia
One of the primary symptoms of Dyspraxia is poor handwriting. This is due to motor symptoms and the difficulty to organize and plan. Due to the volume of writing required in schools today, this has a profound effect on children’s academic performance and confidence.
The following suggestions can help children to improve their handwriting:
1. Use wide-lined paper for those who draw large letters
2. Use raised-line paper or paper with coloured lines
3. Use graph paper to help with spacing between letters and words
4. Use large-square graph paper to line up numbers in math’s exercises
5. Use a slanted board or an inclined surface
6. Use Pencils or felt-tip pens instead of ballpoint pens
7. Trying a pencil grip may help achieve a better grasp
8. Use a small pencil to help achieve the right grasp
9. Use adapted tripod grips for those who fatigue easily
10. Maintain a good sitting position and hold the shoulder in a stable position
11. Use a graphic organizer to break down the writing projects into smaller steps.
12. Use assistive technology which gives instructions on how to form letters using multisensory strategies.
The Dystant Galaxy Dyspraxia app provides evidence based, gamified exercises to help improve and promote good handwriting. The games are fun, interactive and based on clinical evidence. The app is available for download on apple and android devices now!