ERIC Number: ED433649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Writing Dilemma: Understanding Dysgraphia.
Richards, Regina G.
This monograph explains dysgraphia in students and offers a range of practical suggestions tailored to individual children with specific dysfunctions that obstruct the transcription of their thoughts to paper. Chapters address: (1) why students avoid writing and the need for students to understand the purpose of writing; (2) underlying processing skills for writing and different types of difficulties students may have; (3) symptoms of dysgraphia, including letter inconsistencies, irregular letter size and shapes, poor organization on the line and on the page, and unfinished letters; (4) how dysgraphia interferes with the writing process by affecting motor patterns and motor memory; (5) identifying the student with dysgraphia by observing a cluster of symptoms, including problems with feedback and anticipating, rhythm and timing, motor skills, activities requiring reciprocal movements, and pencil grip; (6) strategies for helping students with dysgraphia by using bypass strategies and remediation; (7) strategies for helping students in written expression; and (8) reinforcement activities for helping students master subject/verb agreement and enhance vocabulary usage. A sample activity to help students improve their writing is provided. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Disability Identification, Dysgraphia, Elementary Secondary Education, Handwriting, Learning Activities, Remedial Instruction, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Teaching Methods, Writing Apprehension, Writing Difficulties, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Richards Educational Therapy (RET) Center Press, 190 E. Big Springs Rd., Riverside, CA 92507-4835; Tel: 909-787-0408; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.retctrpress.com ($13).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Foreword by Melvin D. Levine.