Dysgraphia — 5 Minutes for Special Needs



I had a meeting today with various members of our support team at school. I was trying to understand more about what is going on with the child’s writing, and basically learned nothing. “She’s doing fine. Yes, we acknowledge the struggle that writing, and indeed any expression of language is for her, but she’s meeting benchmarks, or close enough, so…”

So basically she hasn’t fallen far enough behind to warrant further…whatever the next step would be. We have to wait until she’s flailing. Flailing is bad for this child…(well for any child, but this one tends to respond with physical aggression)…Why is this so hard to understand and avoid?

I feel like I’m just constantly pushing, pushing, pushing for them to do more, to understand more, to listen more. I feel this even though I don’t think I’m the squeakiest wheel out there. Overall I’m amazed at how well the child has been doing since being forcibly transferred to this school. Maybe they think I should leave well enough alone? Should I just be satisfied?

I think like every other parent I just want her to have the best shot possible at fulfilling her true potential. The challenge is that to help her reach that potential she’s going to need a little more support and skilled teaching. Is it too much to ask?



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Treading Two Paths

I was so hoping this year to focus on building social scaffolding for the child at school. I’m dreaming of setting up a circle of friends who will know, understand, and advocate on her behalf as her differences become more apparent to her peers. I am just beginning the process of working out what that might look like, but there’s a distraction looming.

It’s becoming more clear that in addition to her oral language challenges, my daughter also struggles to express her thoughts in written form. In second grade the writing assignments have ramped up, both in school and out. She often cannot complete the same amount of work as her peers, and there are some pretty clear signs of dysgraphia.

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Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia awareness month. Did you know that Dyslexia can
manifest in different ways? My oldest daughter, who is 17, has
Dysgraphia…you only see the signs of dyslexia in her writing. When
she was younger; letters were backwards, her handwriting was very
difficult to read, and her spelling was VERY unconventional. My
youngest daughter, 7, is just in the early stages of testing for
dyslexia. She displays more of the classic signs of dylexia. She also
has the reversals in writing: letter, numbers, even entire words are
written backwards, but, her reading is also affected. She will often
begin sounding out a word from the ending sound.

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