The OT School House Podcast:

Episode 31: Unpacking Dysgraphia


Featuring Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L of


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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

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