Mensa allows youth fourteen and over to take the Mensa Admissions Tes t, and it accepts testing done outside of Mensa by schools or psychologists, but it does not test young children.
Most students with dysgraphia, in fact, care and try very hard and know that they are not like others. My child has dysgraphia… How can I help them be academically successful? Most have a primary lack of knowledge about any disorder of written expression and current ways of testing knowledge almost always involve writing.
Most schools systems will make IEP accommodations for dysgraphia. Usually, the accommodations are just to get them through the material, not to actually help them be more independent and cope with the disorder.
Also, if you child has co-morbid conditions or is dual exceptional ,such as giftedness and dysgraphia, there is really no place for them in the majority of public school systems. So if you homeschool, you are already a step ahead. Teach your child to type.
There are all sorts of wonderful inexpensive typing programs out there. The use of technology will be their best friend.
Most dysgraphic children can learn to type without the same hinderances they have with the physical act of handwriting. Get a label maker.
I find that worksheets go much smoother with a label maker. However, I try to limit worksheets in general.
Invest in pencil grips. Get a bunch of colors, styles and sizes. Allow your child to switch them as needed for comfort. People with dysgraphia tend to hold their pencil very tightly causing pain and writing fatigue. There are many online sources for pencil grips and if you are in an occupational therapy program with your child, your OT can provide you with sources.
Also, some kids with dysgraphia prefer pens, markers and highlighters to pencils.
The friction a pencil or crayons may create on the paper can be uncomfortable to them. Teach them cursive writing. Sometimes dysgraphic students find that the flowing nature of cursive writing easier and less painful than print. This is subjective though. Go with what feels better to your child.
Focus on handwriting as a separate class. Do not have them combine writing a story with handwriting practice. A graphic organizer can help with organizing their writing into manageable chunks.
A child can either write short answer or use a label maker or type on the computer and cut and paste the ideas in the spaces. Many times the student will write below their cognitive ability to get the sentence done. But if the thought is organized, you as the teacher, can work on extending the sentence structure to include more use of vocabulary and colorful adjectives.
Try out annotation for answering questions. If he reads a passage and has to answer questions, he can highlight the answer in the book and put Q1 and on the answer blank of the question he will put the page number the answer is on.
That way you know he knows the answer without having to write out the whole answer. He also retains information with this method very well. One accommodation that works one day may not work the next.I am no expert on parenting a teen with AS—and every teen is different.
Still, I’d like to offer other parents the gist of what I’ve learned from being a parent myself, from my colleagues at AANE, and from the many other parents I have spoken with by phone, via e-mail, or at the support group meetings I’ve facilitated.
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