Some Helpful Terms To Know

Dysgraphia: A learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper. The following are symptoms of dysgraphia: cramped grip (may lead to a sore hand), difficulty spacing things out on paper, frequent erasing, inconsistency in letter and word spacing, poor spelling, unfinished words or missing words/letters, unusual wrist, body or paper position while writing.

Dyslexia: A learning disorder that involves difficulty reading, writing and spelling due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (encoding/decoding). Also called a reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language. The following are symptoms of dyslexia: decreased oral and written language skills, writing, pronouncing words while reading aloud. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, individuals with dyslexia can learn successfully.

Auditory Processing: A term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. The “disorder” part of an auditory processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information. Symptoms of an auditory processing disorder may include: difficulty following directions, knowing where a sound came from, remembering spoken instructions (especially if there are multiple steps) and understanding what people say in a noisy environment.

Visual Processing: How visual information is interpreted or processed by the brain.

Written and Verbal Communication: We enhance a child’s ability to decode and comprehend language and the critical thinking skills required to process both written and verbal information.

Social Skills: The ability to communicate with peers in an appropriate and thought out manner. Critical thinking and problem solving with attention to body language and social cues.

Fine Motor Muscle Control: The coordination of muscles, bones, and nerves to produce small, exact movements. Such as picking up a small item with the index finger and thumb, or grasping a pencil and moving it on paper to create purposeful strokes.

Pencil Grasp: An efficient pencil grasp allows children to write longer with more precise strokes aiding in legible writing.

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