How to Understand Your Child

with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia

What are the differences between Dyslexia and Dysgraphia?

Although it is common for a child with dyslexia to also have dysgraphia there are some differences. Dyslexia is associated mainly with the troubles of reading, but can also affect writing, spelling, and even speaking. Dysgraphia presents issues with writing disabilities. Children with this disability may show problems with handwriting and organizing their thoughts.


This condition can be helped. Ways to interact with your child that can improve their dysgrpahia:

  • playing with clay to strengthen hand muscles
  • keeping lines within mazes to develop motor control
  • connecting dots or dashes to create complete letter forms
  • tracing letters with index finger or eraser end of pencil
  • imitating the teacher modeling sequential strokes in letter formation
  • copying letters from models


Being a parent of a child with dyslexia can prove to be difficult. It's hard to understand something that you aren't experiencing yourself. Here are a few ways to help:

  • Don’t feel guilty. You did not cause your child to have dyslexia and you could not have prevented it.

  • Don’t blame anyone else – the child, the teacher, the other parent. Dyslexia is a fact of life – accept it and think of positive things you can do.

  • Talk to your child about dyslexia and explain how it may affect the child and what you both can do to overcome it.

  • Attend a DAI Parents’ Course, talk or conference to learn more about dyslexia and how you can support your child. Details on upcoming events can be found in theEvents section.

Read to your child – as often and for as long as possible. The benefits of this are enormous.

The child will:

  1. Develop a larger vocabulary
  2. Hear words pronounced properly and punctuation marked
  3. Learn to enjoy books
  4. Keep up-to-date on books peers are reading
  5. Enjoy an activity without pressure