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  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Liz Jones ★★★★ 5 months ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors S CL ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Nicole May ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Susan Wong ★★★★★ a year ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ a year ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ a year ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Jude Eugene ★★★★★ a year ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Janice Eidus ★★★★★ a year ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Fara Jones ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Nina Herman ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Frances ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • dysgraphia tutors coaches learning specialists, Themba Tutors Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.

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What Is Dysgraphia?

What Is Dysgraphia?

 

Dysgraphia refers to a neurological or brain-based learning disorder affecting writing. Dysgraphia, like all learning disorders, is common in people with ADHD. Dysgraphia is a written expression disorder that hinders one’s writing ability and fine motor skills. It is a learning disability that affects both children and adults, interfering with nearly every aspect of the writing process. This includes spelling, legibility, word spacing and sizing, and expression.

 

Estimates suggest that five to 20 percent of all children have some form of writing disability, such as dysgraphia. In children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD), dysgraphia and other learning disorders such as dyslexia and dyscalculia are common (ADHD or ADD). A learning disorder affects up to half of all children with ADHD in the United States.

 

WHAT IS DYSGRAPHIA?

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What Are Dysgraphia Symptoms?

 

Dysgraphia can be detected early on when a young child struggles to learn to write. However, a disorder of written expression may be overlooked during the early school years as a child’s writing ability develops. Dysgraphia can go undetected until adolescence or even adulthood.

 

Dysgraphia symptoms include:

  • Handwriting that is not legible
  • Writes slowly or laboriously
  • Using print and cursive letters together
  • Letters and words are spaced irregularly
  • Incorrect spelling and grammar
  • Having trouble gripping a pencil
  • Using punctuation marks incorrectly
  • Incomplete or run-on sentences and lack of paragraph breaks
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts when writing

 

Dysgraphia symptoms typically change over time. Individuals with dysgraphia typically struggle with writing mechanics and have other fine-motor impairments. Dysgraphia in adolescents and adults, on the other hand, is associated with problems with grammar, syntax, comprehension, and generally putting thoughts on paper.

 

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What Causes Dysgraphia?

The cause of dysgraphia is unknown, but adults with dysgraphia are more likely to develop the condition following some trauma or injuries that damages the brain’s parietal lobe. The treatment of dysgraphia differ and may involve treating motor disorders to improve one’s writing movements. Other treatments may address issues such as impaired memory or other neurological issues. Some doctors recommend that people with dysgraphia use computers to avoid handwriting problems.

 

 

What Is Acquired Dysgraphia?

 

It is related to brain injury, disease, or degenerative conditions that cause the individual (typically as an adult) to lose previously acquired skills in writing.

 

 

What Is Developmental Dysgraphia?

 

Refers to difficulties in acquiring writing skills. This type of dysgraphia is most ordinarily considered in childhood. The causes of developmental dysgraphia are unknown, but researchers have identified several subtypes4 that correspond to certain neurological mechanisms:

 

 

What Is Motor Dysgraphia?

 

Dygraphia has long been associated with a lack of fine-motor coordination, which explains difficulties with writing. Individuals with motor dysgraphia commonly have illegible and slow handwriting, poor drawing and tracing skills, and slow finger-tapping (a common measure of fine motor skills).

 

 

What Is Spatial Dysgraphia?

 

It is linked to issues with spatial perception, which affects letter spacing and drawing ability. Handwriting and drawing are difficult for students and children with spatial dysgraphia, but spelling and finger-tapping speed are usually normal.

 

 

What Is Linguistic Dysgraphia?

 

Affects the language processing skills required for writing, particularly on spontaneously written text (text that has not been traced or copied) that frequently comes out as illegible. Linguistic dysgraphia does not affect drawing, copying, or oral spelling.

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How is Dysgraphia Diagnosed?

 

Specialists can use a variety of tools to determine a diagnosis, including:

 

  • School reports
  • Psychoeducational measures
  • Review of the individual’s developmental, medical, and familial history
  • Standardized writing assessments
  • General tests for dysgraphia typically include a writing component
  • Answering brief essay questions or copying out sentences
  • As well as a fine-motor component that tests the individual’s reflexes and motor speed.

 

The diagnosing specialist will give the child academic and writing tests to gauge their ability to put thoughts into writing and evaluate their fine motor skills. Some factors they will be looking at is how the words and letters are formed and whether the child struggles with the physical act of writing itself.

 

What Are the Strategies Used in Dysgraphia Tutoring and Coaching?

  • Think outside the pencil box. Learning to write is difficult for students who have dysgraphia. Dysgraphia tutors and coaches must be both flexible and creative with their teaching methods. A dysgraphia tutor can experiment with using different types of paper and writing utensils (graph paper is especially useful) and encourage extra practice at home. Handwriting can improve dramatically with practice and effort, according to studies, though it may be difficult for students with dysgraphia.

 

  • Make writing count. In most cases, students suffering from dysgraphia already know the answer or information they need to write down. However, they have trouble putting it into words. As such, their teachers or dysgraphia tutors must consider whether a written assignment is really the best way to assess their knowledge. When possible, students must be allowed to complete tasks orally. Dysgraphia tutors and coaches should provide typed copies of notes in advance or allow them to use a recording device during learning sessions.

 

  • Give extra time. As with most students with learning disorders, allowing them to learn at their own speed and giving them extra time to process and understand the lesson is important. Whether it’s letting them begin early of finish late, it’s crucial that students are able to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them.

 

  • Be flexible with grammar and spelling.

 

  • Teach good composition skills. Dysgraphia tutors and coaches should teach students to learn how to properly plan and accomplish a writing assignment. These skills can be challenging to students with dysgraphia, so you need to make sure those steps are obvious for them before students begin.

What Are the Dysgraphia Coaching and Tutoring Services That Themba Tutors Offers?

  • We specialize in coaching and tutoring students with dysgraphia
  • Private 1-on-1 tutoring and coaching
  • One-on-one in-home tutors and coaches for students with dysgraphia and other learning disabilities
  • Online tutoring and coaching for children and students
  • Our learning specialists can tutor and coach children and students of all ages, elementary school, middle school, high school, college students, and adults!

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What Is Dysgraphia Treatment?

 

Dysgraphia and other learning disorders are lifelong conditions that have no cure. Treatment for dysgraphia focuses on interventions, accommodations, and special services to circumvent writing-related tasks and/or improve writing abilities. Given the nature of dysgraphia, attempts at remediation and “more practice” alone are not enough – accommodations and other modifications are necessary to manage the condition successfully.

 

We recommend adapted typing techniques and software and Apps to support students with their written work in math, science, and other subjects. Students can print out their work and turn it in.

A few examples include:
Inspiration makes it easy to capture ideas, structure thoughts, and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. Offering Concept Mapping, Mind Mapping, Outlining, and Webbing.

 

How Can Themba Help You?

 

At Themba Tutors, we will help elementary, middle, and high school students identify, assess, and manage their difficulties. We will provide them with tools and help them learn the necessary skills to overcome all the challenges that hinder effective learning. Our dysgraphia tutoring and coaching can be customized for all grades and skill levels.

 

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What are some symptoms of Dysgraphia?
  • Incorrect capitalization & spelling
  • Mix of print letters & cursive
  • Inappropriate spacing of letters & sizing
  • Having a hard time copying words
  • Labored or slow writing
  • Trouble visualizing words before writing them
  • Unusual position of body or hand when writing
  • Holding a pen or pencil very tight resulting in hand cramps
  • Watching your hand whenever you are writing
  • Students saying words aloud while writing
  • Omitting words and letters from sentences
What is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities and can include difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting, and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Because writing requires a complex set of motor, cognitive, and language processing skills, it’s a complex learning disability.

Is dysgraphia a form of dyslexia?
  • Dyslexia and dysgraphia are both learning differences but are very different. Dyslexia is a reading disorder. Dysgraphia is a writing disorder.
Can dysgraphia be cured?

Dysgraphia cannot be cured, and even medication will not help. But challenges with writing and fine motor skills can be improved with proper training, tutoring, and coaching.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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