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Gifted with dysgraphia

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westcoastnortherneragain Sun 05-Nov-17 07:00:00

Does any one have any experience of this?

JuneCarterCash Sun 05-Nov-17 07:13:48

Not Dysgraphia but Dyspraxia in my DC's case. He's a young adult now and has done exceptionally well - but it was hard going at times, especially because some staff in the school (not all) struggled with the concept that he was both very high achieving and academically able, but still needed a laptop, sometimes a scribe, had organisational issues, all the rest of it. In their heads, SEN = low ability, and that's nonsense. But without the SEN support he wouldn't have been able to achieve as well as he did.

westcoastnortherneragain Sun 05-Nov-17 07:22:11

Thank you! We’ve been told he needs a laptop and will be eligible for a scribe

westcoastnortherneragain Sun 05-Nov-17 07:22:38

Next step I think should be occupational therapist

GrabbyMcGrabby Sun 05-Nov-17 07:29:42

Not as such but it something we are looking into for our five year old, who I have realised doesn't do representational drawings, though loves art, and finds writing a real problem. Teacher getting frustrated as Grabby Junior seems bright, with good verbal communication.

Would be interested to hear more about this. Have spoken to an OT who has offered an appointment, but cannot diagnose Dysgraphia formally.

JuneCarterCash Sun 05-Nov-17 07:42:55

What age is he? My DS was taught to touch-type in Y5, arranged by a teacher who was the first to really spot that this was a very clever child whose written work just wasn't matching his verbal ability (because he can barely hold a pencil - even now, at 19, his writing is that of a very young child, takes ages and is illegible). I got back in touch with that teacher quite recently to let her know that boy she helped is now at a Oxbridge college, and it was pretty much down to her.

MissBeehiving Sun 05-Nov-17 09:02:00

I have posted on your other thread - definitely get an OT asssessment - that helped form the basis on the IEP and provide evidence for extra support in exams etc

Tomorrowillbeachicken Sun 05-Nov-17 12:21:09

My hubby is gifted with dyspraxia but only realised that now he’s an adult. Ds 6 has dyspraxia and is gifted. Many joys of 2e.

lummox Sun 05-Nov-17 12:44:42

My 12 year old has dysgraphia and the two graphotherapists he has seen (not in the UK) have both said that he is gifted. He has had a lot of sessions of grapho therapy but still has difficulties. We are getting uncomfortably close to exam time now, and I am starting to think that we need to speak to the school about the possibility of him being allowed to use a laptop for exams.

I'm a bit worried that his school is going to think that he is just lazy and that we are looking for an advantage.

gfrnn Thu 09-Nov-17 06:00:32

There is a good article here
The best dysgraphia specialist in the country is Pam Heather but she may be difficult to see. Her method entails building a bespoke writing style for the child. I have seen the results of her approach in my own child and in samples of other children's work and they were genuinely startling, and fully in line with those described in the article here
Be aware of associated conditions. Hypermobility, dyspraxia and attention deficit all have strong associations with dysgraphia. There is a book by Gillberg which describes the incidence of overlap as being around 50%.
Assistive technology can help. Learning to touch-type with a package like EnglishType can make a big difference. The school should allow use of a laptop. For severe cases, DragonSpeak or similar voice recognition software may be appropriate. Accomodations for exams via extra time / use of laptop / scribe are appropriate and should be arranged well in advance.
In a gifted child, dysgraphia widens the gap between mind and body - the mind may be racing ahead but the pen cannot keep up. This can be a source of acute frustration and can affect self-esteem. Much of the literature on twice-exceptionality (aka dual and multiple exceptionality or 2e or DME) is relevant.

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