The OT School House Podcast:
Episode 31: Unpacking Dysgraphia
Featuring Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L of DysgraphiaConsultant.com
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Just when Dyslexia seemed to be the new buzz word in IEP meetings, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia joined in on the fun. Dysgraphia, especially, has cemented itself into the confines of the Occupational Therapy world. If there is an IEP team using the word Dysgraphia, there is sure to be an OT evaluation to follow.
In this episode of the OT School House Podcast, Jayson interviews the author of the Handwriting Brain Body DisConnect, Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L.
Cheri has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years. Much of that time has been serving students who have been referred to her for handwriting concerns. With that said, it was her own children's struggles that really got her into studying Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia.
Listen in on this episode to learn how Cheri defines Dysgraphia and explains what the six types of Dysgraphia are. She also shares how we as OTs can help students to overcome some of the problems they face by using the Motor Learning Model and The Sensory Integration Model.
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The below references were mentioned throughout Episode 31
Handwriting Brain-Body DisConnect:
Adaptive teaching techniques to unlock a child’s dysgraphia for the classroom and at home
By Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L
Email Cheri at info@Dysgraphiaconsultant.com
Body Sentence Alphabet at DysgraphiaConsultant.com
Beth Pfeiffer, Beverly Moskowitz, Andrew Paoletti, Eugene Brusilovskiy, Sheryl Eckberg Zylstra, Tammy Murray; Developmental Test of Visual–Motor Integration (VMI): An Effective Outcome Measure for Handwriting Interventions for Kindergarten, First-Grade, and Second-Grade Students?. Am J Occup Ther 2015;69(4):6904350010p1-6904350010p7. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.015826.
This is the article in the AJOT referenced to by Cheri regarding the Test of Visual-Motor Integration
Cheri's recommended paper for teaching Handwriting
Our featured listener question was from Laura @TheOTButterfly on Instagram