Next Workshop Begins December 29!

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Dotterer Dysgraphia Method Workshop

Discover the 5-Step Framework to Streamline your Dysgraphia Interventions

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Target your interventions to build strengths and decrease dysgraphia

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Design collaborative programs that save and money for the district

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Improve efficient communication for all students

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Empower teachers and students to engage in learning

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Explore new interventions that you can implement tomorrow

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Enhance/Supplement your current curriculum

This Method is an excellent supplement to Handwriting without Tears, Size Matters Handwriting Program, Fundations, Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, and many others.

It does NOT replace them.

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54% of K-4 teachers indicated that Common Core Standards impacted handwriting instruction. Challenges increased. They included grip, letter formation, spacing, memory, fine motor skills, and perceptual problems, plus increase illegibility and formation of poor writing habits.

Collette, D., Anson, K., Halabi, N., Schlierman, A., & Suriner, A. (2017). Handwriting and Common Core State Standards: Teacher, occupational therapist, and administrator perceptions from New York State public schools. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7106220010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.021808

Who is the workshop designed for?

School-based Occupational Therapists

Educators from PreK through college

When and where?

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

9am-3:30pm EST

Online via Zoom

How is the workshop set up?

8:45 am EST Online welcome

9:00 am EST Workshop begins

3:30 pm EST Workshop ends

10-minute breaks throughout the morning and after lunch

1-hour lunch – approximately 12:00pm-1pm EST

5.5 contact hours of continuing education

Where can I learn more about your services for School Districts?

Reduction in occupational therapy caseload and expenditures, happier more engaged teachers and students, and fewer developmental learning gaps.

Create happy and confident students.
Teachers, reignite your love of teaching.
Therapists, streamline your interventions.

Workshop Outline

Emerging writers do not always translate what they see and hear to written expression well. The IDA defines dysgraphia as “a condition of impaired letter writing by hand” or handwriting (Berninger & Wolf, 2018). In contrast, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5) (APA, 2013) does not define dysgraphia as a specific identifiable diagnosis. It is mentioned as a symptom under the criterion of a Specific Learning Disability, Neurodevelopmental Disorders section.  The Types of Dysgraphia is a method of explaining the developmental process and the neural glitches that occur.

This portion of the workshop will review reading and writing, decoding and encoding, typical development, and explains the obstacles created by dyslexia. Reading is divided into five main categories: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Each of these categories has different subcategories.

We will also examine the impact of writing. Decoding is the process of breaking things apart into syllables, for example. Whereas the word, encoding, is a method of expressing the concept of taking information, storing it, and retrieving it to be used as new material. The process is like computer-based information storage. In education, it means handwriting.  This section compares typical encoding and dysgraphia.

The brain controls everything a person does, sees, and hears. The process of writing is divided into three parts. Handwriting is the mechanical part. This part of the process includes the letter formation, the location a letter is placed on the writing paper, and the neural pathway created in the process. Parts two and three are the language and cognitive portions. The language portion of the process is the development of sentence structure.  This part contains the grammar, syntax, and basic skills in creating a sentence. The cognitive component is the final piece. It occurs after a child understands the basics of how to write letters and words to create sentences. Once a child can put all three pieces together, the neural pathways of creativity will form paragraphs and essays. This session provides an overview of the nervous system’s functions in terms that teachers and parents can comprehend.

Messages from the body to the brain and back ascend and descend through the sensory-motor system. This module discusses the five common and hidden sensory pathways. The motor pathway is separated in a unique propriety method. However, the pathway system and terms remain the same. 

Memory is complex. This module breaks it down into segments that apply to reading and writing. The visual system is the most prominent sensory system used to gather information from our senses in a classroom setting.  Yes, the other senses can impact attention.  However, keeping up with the teacher in a regular education classroom is 50% vision, 50% of the sensory systems. Decoding the visual system begins with a brief explanation of eye anatomy and ocular motor function and how the brain interprets the information. 

This portion of the workshop synchronizes sessions one, two, and three and teaches practical and functional applications to the classroom that do not add tasks for the teacher to perform but transform your teaching style.  These ideas are alternative strategies to enhance your current curriculum.  It will align the visual-spatial, motor, and memory strategies of dysgraphia with the classroom.

This portion of the workshop aligns the language aspects of dysgraphia with the classroom. They can be easily taught to a parent of a child needing extra support.  Specific strategies are shared for spelling and vocabulary.  Teachers can build on these strategies across the curriculum. This session is rounded out by applying these strategies to learning support and special education needs for goals, accommodations, and specially designed instruction modifications. Paragraph formation is the most abstract aspect of writing. This week will bring the final aspects of dysgraphia together and aligns them with classroom strategies.

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