"My son has dysgraphia. The school isn't helping him with these issues. How can I find a tutor who can help? How can I educate the educators?"
Get a Comprehensive Evaluation
if you haven't done so already, you need to get a comprehensive psychoeducational
evaluation (diagnostic workup) of your child by an individual in the
private sector (child psychologist, educational diagnostician) who
has expertise in this area.
evaluation shows that your child has a disability that adversely affects
educational performance, the child is eligible for special education
services under the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - this includes a special
education program designed to meet his or her unique needs. (See Eligibility
be reimbursed for providing your child with the educational services
he needs? Maybe, maybe not.
Find a Tutor
child has dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia (a learning disability
in math), or another learning disability, our advice is the same -
contact the International Dyslexia
The IDA maintains lists of tutors, evaluators, and academic therapists and can help you find a trained tutor to work with your child.
The Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities for your state has listings for psychologists, educational diagnosticians, therapists, health care providers, academic tutors, special education schools, advocates, attorneys, support and study groups, and others who provide services to parents and children.
has written several articles on this subject. Although her articles
focus on reading problems, the issues for kids with dysgraphia or
dyscalculia are the same.
In many cases, school personnel don't understand the child's problem, have not been adequately trained to deal with the problem, may try to put a band aid on the problem - or do nothing.
want to educate the educators (and some won't take kindly to your
efforts), print several copies of these articles about dysgraphia
- they were originally published in Perspectives, the newsletter
published by the International Dyslexia