Overcoming Dysgraphia Workbook (PDF)
By Lucy Mister
The Overcoming Dysgraphia Workbook (PDF) contains 100+ A4 sides of activities, worksheets and games that aim to improve language processing, visual spacing, fine motor skills, pen/pencil grip, handwriting posture and memory retrieval.
The workbook is organised into 4 sections; Drawing, Writing, Planning and Improving memory.
Drawing - Trace it, Dot-to-dot, Draw it, Draw it again, Draw in order, Complete the picture.
Drawing is a great place to start in overcoming dysgraphia as it exercises, and thus develops, fine motor skills - which are fundamental to improved handwriting. It also presents the opportunity to correct any bad habits that may have been picked up along the way, such as holding a pencil incorrectly or sitting with bad posture. Some of the activities in this section also aim to improve language processing and visual spacing skills.
Writing - Forming letters, Pangrams, The size that suits, Positioning & spacing, Fill in the gaps, Order & write.
The writing section of this workbook recaps on many of the basic concepts to ensure these have been mastered. It also encourages conscious thinking about what is being written and how it is being written. The activities aim to improve fine motor skills, information processing abilities, language processing abilities and visual spacing abilities, among a few.
Planning – Ordering, Adding detail, Visualisation, Who, what & where?, Building it up, Write it.
Planning before writing is important for anyone to do, but perhaps more so for a person with dysgraphia, as organising and ordering ideas into a planning template beforehand allows for more attention to be focused on handwriting (and spelling). The planning section of this workbook aims to develop skills, such as ordering, visualisation, and self-improving one’s writing. What’s more, the planning ideas, activities and templates can be used and applied to the planning of any writing task.
Improving memory - Spatial memory, Visual memory, Sequential memory, Memory and language.
Individuals with dysgraphia usually don’t have problems with recalling information from their long term memory and of holding it in their short term memory under normal circumstances. However, when writing by hand, memory recall can become difficult as a greater amount of attention is usually given to handwriting than is to the information that is needed for the task at hand. The Improving memory activities aim to exercise the memory under similar pressure to that a person with dysgraphia will experience when writing by hand. This is done using factors of competition and time limits. The exercises in this section should be practised regularly.