hand writing? We just had a meeting to add more OT (occupational Therapy) time for Joiner. He will now get OT twice a week. He has such bad habits that they are going very slow with him, one on one. The OT is using handwriting without tears program. It is helping so far. He used to retrace letters badly. I mean it was 5 & 6 times each retraced. Now he may do it once every few words. HUGE difference. He is being retaught all the letters, starting with capital ones, using the regular old fashioned lettering, like this typing. His school uses the denelian print style, which confussed Joiner badly. His class mates are writing in cursive only, and he is re-learning print. They told me that by the end of the year he should be ready to learn cursive, this is how slowly they are going with him. They will also teach him how to stay on the line, he goes all over, under & above the writing line.
I hope that if your child is having writing problems, please have the OT test. I asked about this 2 years ago. I was told that he was very young (he's the youngest in the class), he would catch up... on & on. Now, he has developed such bad habits that they have to reteach everything, like he was in Kindergarten. Joiner's 1st expulsion was b/c he pitched a fit over having to write something. He refuses to do work, mostly b/c of haivng to write. He showed severe anxiety last year, now I know it is b/c of writing. I wished that I had pressed the issue to be OT tested when he was in 1st grade. Now in 3rd he is that much farther behind. So please, if your child is having problems, have them test for OT.