Jenny Clark


Dysgraphia: Helping Children Overcome Handwriting Difficulties

Course Chapters & Learning Objectives:

Discuss characteristics of dysgraphia in school-age children.

Identify assessment tools to assess dysgraphia.

Develop practical remedial and compensatory strategies for children to improve functional handwriting skills.

Course Description

Illegible handwriting, also known as dysgraphia, is the primary reason for referrals to therapists practicing in school-based settings. Although handwriting instruction is the responsibility of teachers, the therapist’s role is in the identification of the motor, sensory, and perceptual deficits underlying dysgraphia. In this course you will learn signs and symptoms of the three different types of dysgraphia and be able to identify functional handwriting challenges in school-age children. Assessment tools used to determine recognition of dysgraphia will be discussed with specific case examples. Viewers will ascertain a variety of remedial activities along with functional adaptations that can be used to assist children with success in functional written communication skills for scholastic achievement.