Commander Ben dishes on handwriting with dyslexia

different yet beautiful

Parents and teachers are always asking me how to help their child/student who has dyslexia and dysgraphia become engaged in reading and writing. Commander Ben does a great job sharing how he works with his dyslexia and dysgraphia rather than fight with them all the time. Please read this blog to get some great ideas.

Commander Ben

It may seem funny to talk about technology in one breath and then mention pen and paper in the other, but they really can work together. For most everything I do, I use some form of technology – my Victor Reader Stream, a laptop, an iPad or an iPhone – but sometimes , well almost daily actually, I still enjoy writing something down into my old-fashioned journal.

My journal is a small leather three-ring binder with lined paper which is actually three generations old. I found it tucked away in my dresser draw in my room where my Mom had saved it for me. She used it as a kid and her Mom used it before her.  I think that fact that it was old and looked different than other notebooks was part of it’s appeal.  Even though I am a 21st century kid, I like old-fashioned things.


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2 thoughts on “Commander Ben dishes on handwriting with dyslexia

  1. Helping your child with dyslexia at home can be difficult at times. Before getting started, it’s usually best to consult with your child’s teachers and other reading professionals working with him or her. They can probably give you a good idea of the severity of your child’s issues and what you can expect to accomplish with home tutoring sessions. Also, the U.S. Department of Education’s website has a section created to help you as parent identify specific learning disabilities.;


    • Thank you Dominica. Unfortunately many schools are not that aware of how much their students are struggling and tend to call them lazy or unmotivated. I have recently evaluated 3 high school students, 2 of which used to have IEPs (meaning they were receiving special education services). Their parents were being told that these students were not applying themselves. I found out that their reading fluency levels were at an elementary school level and 2 out of 3 had reading comprehension levels at late elementary to beginning middle school levels. They were not given 504 plans or access to digital / audio books because it “didn’t seem necessary”. Parents can use the information from the Dept of Education site that you mentioned but they also need information on what to do when the schools are not realizing that the student is struggling and blame the student instead.


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