Professional Development

Dysgraphia, a disability in Written Expression

Occupational Therapists | Teachers | Business Owners | Parent Support

What does dysgraphia look like?

  • Illegible handwriting
  • Unfinished worksheets, assignments, work materials
  • Confusing sentence structure
  • Capitalization and punctuation errors

 Latin roots:

dys difficulty
graph to write
ia condition of

In the handwriting sample,

  • The sizing is inconsistent.
  • There are spelling errors.
  • The student misjudged the right margin.
  • Line placement is variable.

This photo is an example of a student after he participated in 30 minutes of functional activities.  Prior, he refused to write.

Why worry about handwriting problems?

Because it impacts 110 million people from early writers through adulthood!

That’s one out of three students from preschool through college students.

It impacts the workplace because employees cannot write efficiently.

Reading, writing, and keyboarding are not the same.

Reading is a sensory neurological pathway.

Speaking is an oral neurological pathway.

Handwritten work is one neurological pathway.

Typewritten work is a separate neurological pathway.

Research has proven that if one of these neurological processes is underdeveloped, the learner will demonstrate communication gaps.

Check out my award-nominated book.

 

Ranked in Amazon’s top 100 for Handwriting Reference and Learning Disability.

Handwriting Brain-Body DisConnect helps child development professionals better understand their students who struggle with handwriting.

This groundbreaking book helps them understand how many students suffer every day because they struggle with handwriting.

From Response to Intervention to the Individualized Education Program, this book provides strategies readers can use at a moment’s notice.

Meet Cheri

On my first day working in a school, a mom asked me how her child could read above grade level yet not write. Unfortunately, I could not answer her question.

The next question that bombarded me was, “What is the difference between ADHD and dysgraphia?” I could not answer this question either.

It took several years, but I can now answer both questions and have a Framework to help occupational therapists, teachers, business owners, parents answer these questions, and many more associated with dysgraphia.

Overcoming dysgraphia requires early detection and explicit instruction.

The longer handwriting is a challenge, the longer it will take to remediate it.

Understanding dysgraphia is essential to student success.

We design professional development materials to instruct school-based occupational therapists and teachers, and business owners

1. To help students and employees overcome the social-emotional trauma associated with dysgraphia 

2. Support educators and business owners to cultivate college/career-ready students and employees.
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Design student and employee success

Dysgraphia does not have to be a barrier to your students’ education or an employee’s success.

Attention concerned teachers, therapists, business owners, and parents.

Help your students learn with ease and improve your awareness and empathy toward employees who struggle with effective communication.

Confusion and frustration over handwriting must be overcome with remediation and explicit instruction.

Gain clarity, competence, and confidence!

Transform their social-emotional well-being!

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What our clients say

Shawna Steinbrecher, Occupational Therapist

“I found that it helped me be mindful in educating others and getting information to educators that they might not know about Specific Leaning Disability, and Dysgraphia. I felt that the course had good literature to help with educating others. The book was valuable.”

Hillary Davis, Occupational Therapist

“The roll-out of information was incredible. The way you organized this course contributed to the ease in which I could process and apply the information. I feel considerably more prepared to explain dysgraphia to other team members and support students.”

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Thanks to Kelly Ripa for boldly sharing her family’s story,

dysgraphia is finally getting some much overdue attention.

She made this comment in People Magazine, February 4, 2021, in an article written by Ashley Boucher:  “Mark and I were FaceTiming the other night … Mark got very emotional, and very choked up, because he said, ‘You know, I never thought he would be able to go to college.’ Because he was profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic.”

Kelly Ripa and family