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cbogan

Failing school

My son is fourteen and is failing school because he has a writing disabilty. His penmanship is horrible, he writes like a five year old and slow. Because of this he can't complete his school work on time or at all. He sits in class and just stare not even trying. The school has provided a handwriting therpist once a week for him but I don't believe it is helping much since he is still failing most of his major subject. I talk to his teachers and we agree to give him more time to write since he takes a little longer to do so. I don't think that this is working. What can I do to help him, this is stressing me out because as a mother I am at a point that don't know what to do to help my son achieve in school and it is hurting me. Help



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mayamay

Could he use the computer to process some of his assignments? Could you type from his dictation?
My handwriting was horrible until I had a job (before computers were common) that required manual recording of data for four hours a day.
Has the therapist given him exercise or assignments to do daily?

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cbogan

Yes he can use the computer, however in school his reading teacher do not want him to use the computer because she feel as thought he should write. His therapist give him work to do but I believe she is not giving him enough. I don't want my son to fail the eight grade because of this problem.

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mayamay

Talk with the reading teacher about how much time she expects him to spend on his homework for her class. After a week or two of seeing the work he can produce in a reasonable period of time she may be willing to let him use a computer. Or, she may be willing to grade him on the quality of the work he can get done.
Ask the therapist about play activities or art activities you can do with clay or other materials so that he can build strength and coordination while spending time with you.