Dysgraphia: Copying from Near Point


Copying from near point (from a book or paper on the desk):  If writing is tedious, decrease the amount of board and desk copying when possible.  If copying is a requirement and there are no modifications try the following:

  • Ask to shorten the copying assignment by having the student only copy half of it.
  • Try folding the page to be copied in half so there is less visual distractions.  The task may look less formidable if broken in half.
  • Some students prefer to work vertically rather than left to right.  Try placing the page to be copied at the top of the writing page rather than to the side to see if there is greater ease of copying. 
  • Make the task more fun by copying on colored paper or raised lined paper (www.proed.com or order from me).
  • Make sure the light source fits your child’s needs.  If sensitive to light, move away from fluorescent lighting and toward natural lighting.

However, some students do better with copying  from a legibility standpoint than creative assignments as they do not have to spell, punctuate, etc.

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