“‘My Child’s Handwriting Is So Messy!’ Strategies for Improving Dysgraphia in Children with ADHD: [Video Replay & Podcast #322]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#322), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on September 1, 2020.

Episode Description

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects the ability of a child, teen, or adult to express their thoughts on paper and on screen. It affects 20% to 60% of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In addition to impairing handwriting and keyboarding, dysgraphia interferes with academic achievement and self-esteem. In other words, it is much more than messy writing.

Dysgraphia varies in its symptoms and severity, and can be easy to miss in kids, particularly in mild cases. If your child has dysgraphia, they may struggle with more than just writing — they might also find it hard to tie shoelaces, for example. Because children with dysgraphia are often skilled at reading or at expanding on a topic verbally, their struggles with writing may be blamed on “laziness” or “carelessness.” Like other learning disabilities, dysgraphia is genetic and often runs in families.

Listen and learn from Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, about:

  • Why handwriting requires much more than fine motor skills
  • Fun activities that build underlying, foundational skills
  • Practical ways to enhance attention and reduce conflicting sensory input
  • Multisensory strategies that helps kids with ADHD enjoy writing
  • Tips and tools for handwriting and keyboarding

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

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Meet the Expert Speaker:

Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist with a private practice in New York City where she evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and young adults with sensory processing issues, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other challenges. With the COVID-19 pandemic, she now offers teletherapy to families and schools nationwide.

Lindsey is co-author of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, with a foreword by Temple Grandin.  She is also the author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens and has authored two chapters in Dr. William Steele’s book Optimizing Learning Outcomes as well as contributed to the all-new edition of Kim West’s classic Good Night, Sleep Tight. | See expert’s full bio »

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