Natalie Nicholls, Education Specialist, joined Mike to talk about Dysgraphia.
Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder that appears when children are learning to write. They may struggle with spelling. punctuation, constructing meaningful writing and expressing their ideas fluently.
Most learning difficulties are diagnosed at 8-years-old, but dysgraphia can be evident at an earlier age. “The younger the child is, the more malleable the brain is. So if we can get intervention and support at a younger age. We’re more likely to catch up quicker.”
Natalie has seen that there is more focus on developing good reading skills than writing. “But we’re not focusing on let’s do some writing at night time. It could be let’s write a shopping list…Let’s write some cards to someone.”
“By implementing these small things along the way, we’re moving step by step in the right direction to be able to support our kids.“
- Get an assessment:
- Be encouraging and supportive. It can be frustrating to see your child struggling but remember it is neither your fault or theirs.
- Many schools have learning support departments. See what they can do to support your child.
- Find a specialist literacy tutor
- Focus on the 4 core fundamentals: nutrition, sleep, emotional wellbeing, and movement.
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