In Facebook several weeks ago, a mom put her child’s work on a post.  This post was different than many that I see.  Many are crying for help. This one demonstrated a technique that helps accommodate visual-spatial and memory dysgraphia and dyscalculia. Mom realized that part of her child’s confusion was the visual spacing of each digit.  Another area of frustration was that he/she was losing track of the multiplication and division sequencing.  The mental computations that were required to complete the problem angered him. 

Visual-Spatial Dysgraphia

He was performing a long division problem.  Mom set up the problem on graph paper that met is visual-spatial needs.  When utilizing this accommodation, one digit goes in each graph block.  Check out for several variations of graph paper. 

Accommodating Long Division

He was also forgetting math computations.  Mom added a column in front of the problem to place the product for all the math facts for the divisor. 

To help keep place value correct, Mom used arrows to bring the next digit in the dividend to the proper location to figure out the next factor to complete the quotient.

By accommodating the child’s visual-spatial deficits, the child was able to comprehend the placement of each digit.  By adding the multiplication products, mom was able to decrease the frustration related to memory dysgraphia.

Memory Dysgraphia

One of the simplest ways to accommodate memory dysgraphia with visual cueing.  Visual cueing appears very different depending on the task.  For spelling, it could be choosing the correct word from a multiple-choice list.  For social studies, it could be including a word bank for fill in the blank answers. For handwriting, a simple cue of the alphabet may be enough.  Other students may need a starting point and line guides for proper letter formation.  RealOT Solutions has an alphabet that is virtually indestructible called theAlphaTrangle. Check it out here

Writing it by hand,