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Restore the poor writing graphothérapie

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From Câline Harmand de Langloy the Dec 27, 2010



The graphothérapie aims to restore a defective write a script to acquire sufficient  efficient, readable and fast for the age and class of the child without fatigue or pain.


The successful graphothérapeute of GGRE (grouping graphothérapeutes therapists writing - -) After first studying graphology for three years  before specializing in graphothérapie for 2 years. This education and training leads to a certificate of training.


Graphothérapie activity is not recognized by Social Security, the consultations are not reimbursed, even if  serious diseases can be supported by certain mutual.


Some graphothérapeutes practicing in a law firm comprised of pathologists, psychologists, orthoptists or other professions that can help the child because the graphothérapie not be the only help implementation for small patients, particularly in cases of dyslexia, agraphia, dyspraxia and other disabilities greater.




Children in care generally between  6 and 20 years (the majority of our patient base are children between 8 years, corresponding to the class of CE2 after 2 years of learning to write and 15 years), however graphothérapie can be recommended for some adults who difficulties of writing. Children who come to us generally suffer from a writing disorder as the slow, illegible, sloppy handwriting, with bad form, too pressed, jerky. Pain and fatigue may accompany these disorders.


If Caline Harmand of Langloys receives mostly children not suffering from mental disability, she is currently a young girl, Claire, who suffered from Down syndrome, and has been for 2 years now. When Claire begins rehabilitation in graphothérapie it  is 12 and is parallel  followed by a speech therapist's office. It can read, but his language is not always easy to understand, she managed to write copy words stick. The therapist asks the graphothérapeute if we could teach him to write in cursive ... and why not?

The course of a session graphothérapie


The weekly sessions last about 45 minutes, it is indeed important that patients have regular monitoring. Support between 5 sessions and one year, depending on each child's condition graphics, responsiveness, and especially his personal investment (a child who does not see the benefit of future made little progress or more slowly). Indeed, it is important first to establish a good relationship with the child  so he feels confident.


The first appointment begins with a comprehensive review. Accompanied by her parents  for the history (history of the child, siblings, their schooling), the child then passes the tests of writing, laterality, reading, locating in space.


Each session begins with graphic gesture of relaxation and abdominal breathing. The child can release tensions and tensions to be more attentive, more responsive.


Then the session continues with work of fine motorTo help the child develop the flexibility and sensitivity of his fingers. In the case of Claire, any discovery graphic  must be tactileThe graphics core loops, cuts, bridges, oves need first  to be felt with the pulp of the index in various media and  verbalized. This ritual is important so that Claire can engrams graphics.


By age and ability  or the patient's preference, we must adapt the performance of more or less fun and it's a case of tricks and creativity that we have put in place. Each child is unique and each is different so it's rehabilitation at its meeting graphothérapeute to adapt to the child to progress with envy and never get bored.


Then come  exercises "slipped plots" and large increase, for working relaxing and flexibility of action, to include the form and improved positions. For these exercises Claire does not support instrument and dipped his finger in powdered chalk to draw the line slipped with the pulp of his index finger and feel and shape of the path directly on the blackboard.

Same position in space, Claire wets his finger to feel the air moved by the gesture when it draws its graphics. Then we do the same exercise on a large sheet of horizontal plane. The design is  with paint on  the pulp of the index.

Sizes are becoming smaller, the fingers learn to position themselves on the pencils, the device graphomoteur starts.

The same gesture can also be repeated in a plate of semolina or sand to get a better understanding of the support.


Each session ends with a game chosen by the child with or without graphothérapeute, all the games relate to graphothérapie.


Based on the method of Robert OlivauxThe phase "design" work is the child on the concepts of direction, spatial and temporal organization, reporting to the shape, relaxation, and relaxation of the gesture. This brings us to restore the graphics, which once acquired, facilitate the tracing of letters.


At each treatment, it is essential that the child really want to follow a rehabilitation to improve his writing. If this is not the case, the process will not work. Real cooperation is needed to achieve a result.




Specific tools are used, such as a blackboard and an array Velleda, a large table for the child to work on various sizes of paper, a tripod stool that can be adapted to the size of the child, large crayons or felt in three sides making it easy to grasp and avoids any tensions.


Stretching exercises for the fingers, we use different materials or objects: clay, balls, cloth, anything that can help develop the sensitivity of the fingertips and facilitate the apprehension of the pencil.





Working with children brings a lot of fun and a great satisfaction when you see the progress achieved. You should know that can help the child graphothérapie  in terms of posture (holding the pen and posture in front of the sheet), or fluency (flexibility of the graphic gesture) and thus  his writing is changing. Consequently the image that the child  to himself  improves and He found a confidence in him that is beneficial to both the conduct of its books but can also have an impact on school performance, behavior in school  and at home.


Clear  graphothérapie takes his rehabilitation to heart and just be happy showing me the exercises she has made only with application. It starts out  understand the graphic gesture and position of the hand. With small tips, verbalization and the tactile sensation, Claire comes to retaining the right ductus (sense) of the letters and technical links. The cursive letters replaces the stick.


The road is long, but gradually progress link on their noses and when they arrive, Claire feels and sees and says "BEAUTIFUL" with a radiant smile ... graphothérapeutes For us, it's a beautiful moment.









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