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If my son were still in a regular school, he would probably get diagnosed with dysgraphia. He finds writing so arduous. What are your thoughts on this? How can I help my son who finds it difficult to write more than a sentence? He is ten.
Hi, Kim! I’m an instructor for Brave Writer. I also homeschooled my four kids through high school, and two of them struggled with dysgraphia, so I sympathize!
Here at Brave Writer we recommend keeping the physical act of handwriting separate from generative writing for a while. It’s beneficial for kids (both with and without dysgraphia) to focus on the fine motor skills of handwriting separately through practices such as copywork. Then we suggest helping kids bridge the gap between all those wonderful ideas in their heads and actual words on paper by writing down their thoughts for them until they, over time, can take over the process.
Also, if you haven’t already, definitely check out Julie’s podcasts on the ‘Jot It Down’ and ‘Partnership Writing’ stages of growth. They go into much more detail and are very helpful!
I’m a homeschooling alum -17 years, five kids. Now I run Brave Writer, the online writing and language arts program for families. More >>