What you need to know about supporting students with dysgraphia

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Students with handwriting challenges find it difficult to complete written schoolwork. Whether students have been diagnosed with dysgraphia or not, struggling writers may experience a range of challenges including:

  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • Difficulty with composition
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Depending on adults to scribe

Kati McIlroy, an Occupational Therapist and the parent of a student with dysgraphia, shares five strategies to help students overcome writing barriers, including:

  • Accommodations
  • Modifications
  • When to introduce keyboarding
  • Paper modifications
  • Low tech tools

You’ll also see the latest instructional supports in Co:Writer® and Snap&Read that build writing fluency, independence, and confidence in your students—from word prediction, ELL language and translation support, and voice typing/speech recognition.

Meet our speaker

Kati McIlroy OT/L, ATS

Assistive Technology Specialist and an Occupational Therapist who has worked in school districts for over 15 years in Southern California and currently works with Don Johnston Incorporated as an Educational Support Specialist. She collaborates with district professionals, educators, and therapists to integrate technologies that help students access the curriculum. By conducting presentations and trainings at schools and conferences, she helps spread the word about how Universal Design for Learning opens the world to students and creates lifelong learners.