We just met with our son's psychologist and confirmed the diagnosis of Dysgraphia. Does anyone have recommendations/suggestions on how to help him? He is in 1st grade so it is very heavy on handwriting which he simply cannot do. He is so frustrated with himself and thinks he is dumb which we all know is not the case with LD kids. Thankfully we have a supporting school which is eager to help him - they are the ones who suggested the LD testing. Any/all information/input would be appreciated. I'm more than a little overwhelmed here!
It's good to hear that you have a supportive school, also that it has been diagnosed in 1st grade, rather than later.
So having got a diagnosis of Dysgraphia, the next step is learn all about handwriting and what is involved?
Where we have recalling the image of letters in our mind at one end, and controlling our hand and fingers at the other end, to write them.
Where it's actually a complex process, so that a difficulty anywhere within the 'process', will cause difficulties with handwriting and Dysgraphia.
So my point is that it is important to identify and understand what is actually causing his Dysgraphia?
So that to help him, you can avoid trying a whole range of different things/programs, to find one that works?
The first thing to look at, is the control that he has over his fingers, as a difficulty with this will effect more than handwriting.