Handwriting?

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Handwriting?
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Sat, 10-23-2010 - 4:11pm

DD Y has lots of problems with her handwriting (not neat enough, sometimes illegible). I've heard this is a common gifted child problem, as their hand never moves quick enough for their thoughts. Do you recognize this in your child? Did he or she get extra help or attention for it?

Suzanne

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Registered: 01-04-2002
In reply to: suuzzzy
Tue, 11-02-2010 - 10:49am
My son had some motor skills issues because of a mild disability that causes muscle weakness. He was able to read books at a 5th grade level in kindergarten and do math, but he didn't color in the lines very well. At the end of the year his teacher suggested sending him to transitional first grade (a year in between kindergarten and first grade) the next year because he couldn't color in the lines. He could write, but his writing was very sloppy. He was not eligible for OT even though he has a disability because he was not failing. He wrote in his paper that I "went crazy" after the kindergarten teacher's suggestion and decided to homeschool.

My son is now 12 and taking his first classes with other kids since he finished kindergarten. He has discovered that he is very good at creative writing. He has received A+ on every one of his papers. The last one he wrote had to be about the best mistake he ever made. He wrote that not coloring in the lines was the best mistake he ever made because it led to homeschooling.

He is allowed to type most of his assignments in the co-op writing composition class but he still has to write at least a paragraph in about 5 minutes as a warm-up exercise at the beginning of each class. He is never finished by the time the teacher moves on to the lesson which requires a lot of note taking. I am the parent volunteer for the class so I take notes (usually about two pages) while he finishes his paragraph and this works out well. They don't allow iPads or laptops at our co-op for some reason. I don't think he will have any problems because of his dysgraphia when he goes to college because he will be allowed to use these for taking notes.

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