Treatment of dysgraphia

Understand the ins and outs of dysgraphia treatment and what you need to be aware of when it comes to dysgraphia treatment.
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Treatment of dysgraphia

There aren't many treatments out there for dysgraphia, but what I know is practice, practice, practice, is not the right answer. If you have motor dysgraphia, then occupational therapy or physical therapy might be of some help in strengthening the hand for the handwriting process. If you have one of the other types of dysgraphia, then you really want to find a program that's going to help with visual spatial perceptual awareness. These individuals at the core root of the problem is that their visual spatial perceptions, sometimes they experience disorientations. What you want to know is that there is something that you can do for your child right now, in this moment to help with their disgraphia. What you want to do is, when they are writing make sure it's a relaxed state. A really intense, firm pencil grip, have them practice using a french fry. If they can write with a french fry without squeezing the potatoes out, that's relaxing the grip. Also, use something like graph paper. That will allow them to see visually, how many letters should go in each space. For disgraphics, computer is their best friend. You want to have a word processor everywhere in the house if possible. There are software programs like, Dragon Speak, where there is speech to text recognition. That will allow them to just speak into the computer and never have to write a word.

Understand the ins and outs of dysgraphia treatment and what you need to be aware of when it comes to dysgraphia treatment.


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Angela Gonzales, MD

Dyslexia & ADD Specialist

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis Facilitator, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Renaissance Mind in Norco, CA.  Renaissance Mind is a Learning Facility where Dr. Angie uses both her Davis Facilitator License and medical expertise. Through Renaissance Mind, she is able to help clients, educators and parents learn skills and techniques that help overcome the obstacles of learning that accompany the unique thinking styles of those with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renaissance Mind programs utilize multiple, non-pharmaceutical, techniques that are tactile, fun, and unique to each client.  The programs also include help with focusing, comprehension, math skills, reading and handwriting skills.  As a transformational and instructional speaker and educator, Dr. Angie has dedicated herself to helping others, of all ages, to find joy and peace in their lives.  Through Renaissance Mind she offers multiple educational courses and workshops that aid individuals on their path to total wellness of mind, body and soul.

Prior to running Renaissance Mind, Dr. Angie received her BA in Physiology from the University of California at San Diego and then went on to obtain a doctorate in medicine from Drew/UCLA School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Martin Luther King Hospital and then spent an additional year as Chief Resident to aid in teaching pediatric residents. Following her medical training she worked in Downey, California as a general pediatrician for seven years.  During this time she served on multiple committees both at the clinic and hospital.  

As Dr. Angie's family grew she transitioned her time from the clinic to time with her children, trading her full time practice for part time work covering other physicians’ practices when necessary. As her youngest child’s school experience increased in difficulty, she left medicine to aid in his education. Despite her efforts at homeschooling, her son continued to have learning challenges.  It wasn’t until she found a Davis® Facilitator that her son began to have success in school. She saw the success in her son defined by increasing reading ability, appropriate coping mechanisms and improving self esteem and confidence.  Her son’s success was her inspiration to go back to work, but not as a physician, as a Davis® Facilitator. As she began her journey, providing answers for those with learning differences, she realized that the sum total of the individual was far more than just their ability to learn.  She began to work with the total individual to promote total wellness.  This led her into her other passion: helping to heal the whole person. 

Dr. Angie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She currently resides in Riverside, CA with her husband of 23 years, her four children (including her nephew) and three dogs.

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