Help for Dysgraphia

Help for Dysgraphia

Legible writing is important for academic success, yet more and more we are finding students struggling to perform this crucial skill.  Many suffer with dysgraphia, which is frustrating because these kids are bright and verbal, but putting words or letters on paper seems like it is impossible. Tears often accompany attempts, and parents are left frustrated and confused.

It doesn’t have to be this way!  Following are some tips to help your child or student lay the groundwork for strengthening fine motor skills.

  1. Set up a target, such as a milk carton that is filled with water, and have your child aim at it with a squirt gun.

2. Give your child a spray bottle or a squirt gun. Place a ping pong ball in the middle of a table, preferably outdoors. Your child is to have an opponent (you, a sibling, or a friend).  Draw a line down the middle of the table or mark it with masking tape.  Each opponent stands at one side of the table with his/her squirt gun or spray bottle.  When you say “go” both opponents spray the ping pong ball, trying to move it across the other end of the table.  The winner is the one who gets it across the table first.  Play with the goal of trying not to get wet.

3. Get a bag of sand from a hardware store or gardening supply store. Fill a plastic pail with the sand and get it thoroughly wet.  Give your child a scoop, such as a large measuring spoon or cup. Have your child scoop the wet sand out of the pail and place it on a tarp or plastic sheet.  When your child has scooped all of the sand out, he/she can make a sand castle.  When the sand castle is finished, have your child scoop the sand back into the pail.

4. Buy some kitchen sponges and a plastic pail. Fill the pail with water.  Place the sponges in the pail of water until they are soaked thoroughly.  Have your child take a sponge out of the pail and squeeze all of the water out of it.  Your child should then grab another sponge and repeat the process.  Have your child use his/her dominant hand first, then have him/her repeat the process with his/her other hand.

5. Get an empty plastic ketchup and mustard bottle and fill with water. Have two children or you and your child go outside and squeeze the bottles full of water at each other until the water is gone.  Try to do this without laughing!

6. Purchase some marbles and a large scoop. Have the student hold the scoop in one hand and step-by-step scoop the marbles into a container.  When finished, scoop them back in the original container.

7. Squeeze clothespins. This strengthens the muscles necessary for writing.

These are all fun activities to do that the student enjoys that helps with dysgraphia.  Stay tuned for more exercises next week!

Happy writing,



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