I posted this on Facebook a couple of days ago and I received a really interesting comment from my brother, Royce Barley. He is in his late forties and was only diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago.
Here is my original POST:
Click here to read the Dysgraphia Vs Dyslexia article first.
This is a really exception article because it clarifies a huge issue for students in the classroom. Dysgraphia is a very real, but undervalued problem for many children, especially those who are on the Autism Spectrum. Dysgraphia is why logically it makes sense to allow children who have this condition to use technology to do their 'writing'. #autismawareness #ipads4education #dysgraphiaisreal
Here was my brother’s response to my post:
Dysgraphia can also be associated with other learning differences. I have ADD and also have dysgraphia. When I was in primary school I missed quite a few lunch breaks because my teaching insisted I stay in and learn to write neater (which was impossible and made even more difficult by this stress of missing playtime). I still feel a flush of embarrassment every time I have to hand write in public.
This was over 37 years ago and we still haven't figured out that every child may not have the ability to write letters neatly or even the same.
I agree with Karina that technology can really help here (if this response was hand written I would be the only one who could read it).
The other thing that baffles me here is why we think all kids should write the same way. I can actually write quite neatly with pastry on a pie. I am not saying we should start letting kids start writing on pastries (though it would be quite tasty) but maybe they can write eligibly in their own way. Maybe they would prefer to write bigger letters or with coloured pens. Maybe they would prefer there o's to be flatter or their f's bigger.
My point here is we need to think outside the box and let kids express themselves the way they want to, not the way they think they should.
It’s absolutely soul destroying to make a child continue to do ‘handwriting’ before we consider that this may be an issue for them. If we truly want children to experience success in ‘writing’ then we should provide a way to make it as easy as possible.