Kousheh's picture
Kousheh

bad hand writing and hand/eye coordination

My 10 year old son has poor and illigible hand wrinting. He uses little or no space between words & often his work is not graded because teachers can't read it. I have tried 3 different pediatric optometrist and optomologist with three differnt opinions. He can write good if he focuses but that does not happen too often. Words are misspelled alot in his writings. His hand & eye coordination is poor & it's hard for him to copy from board. Even now, he sometimes mixes b & d. I have bought typing instructor for him but after couple of times he saids it's boring. He is good at math and computer games and can spend hours on webkinz. But when it comes to doing homework his time is limited. If these sound familiar & you have raised or worked with children similar to mine please share your experiance with me. I am frustrated & tired.



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pokey

Maybe it would be a good idea to have him tested for learning disabilities?


I don't have experience with this, but I have heard there is a learning disability called dysgraphia where the main symptom is "writing skills that are substantially below those expected given the person's age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education."


If that is not what he has, hopefully they can steer you in the right direction for help (hand exercises, etc., maybe?)


It is so hard to see our children going through difficulties, isn't it? I hope you can find a solution for your son. Good luck!

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concerned mom

I think you should bring your son to an OT (Occupational Therapist) for an evaluation. An OT specializes in this area and will work w/ your child one-on-one to help w/ his handwriting. You also mentioned you've had his eyes checked. Did the doctors find any problems w/ your son's vision. Does he wear glasses? How is your son doing academically? Does he have any problems learning? If he's having trouble reading, spelling, identifying letters, etc., I think you shld have him tested for a learning disability. These problems are common w/ kids who have dyslexia. When you mentioned your son mixes b and d, I immediately thought of dyslexia. Talk to your son's teacher. You can either have the school test him, or you can get a private evaluation. In any case, you need to look into this further. Good luck!

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Kousheh

Thanks for your responce. My son wears glasses & all 3 doctors prescribed a different strenght lenses. I have taken him to a dyslexic school & they think he has dyslexia. I have also taken him to a well known optometrist who thinks vision theraphy will be the answer. I have visited a psychologist who thinks Neuro theraphy will help him. So, I really don't have a firm answer to his challanges yet. Academically , he is strong in math but has poor reading & specially writing skills. But overall he is pretty sharp.

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concerned mom

Learning disabled kids are smart. They usually have trouble in a particular area (like reading or math), but they do well in other areas. There's a lot of hope for these kids. You're doing the right thing for your son. With the right help, your child will be successful. Keep up the good work!

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Jazlowe

Ask the school for 504 accommodations. They may help him obtain an OT evaluation/ therapy best best of all, they may grant him a scribe. That will help him in school with paying attention to the task instead of struggling on paper.

Good luck!

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petway

My son is 7 and is having the same problems. He is able to solve the problem but can not copy from the board. Were you able to get help and if so from who? We are at a stumbling block with the school system as they state they will not be able to set up a meeting with the Student Support Team until late in October. Thanks

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concerned mom

petway,

Look into your insurance benefits. You may be able to get an outside OT eval covered by your insurance through an in network hospital or child development center. Our local hospital has all the services my son needed, and they definitely helped.
Once you get the eval, present it to your son's school. If the private OT finds a problem and recommends that your son needs treatment, the school by law has to provide your son w/ such services. Don't let the school give you a run around. Jump on this right away. Good luck!

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Only2boys

Hi there! Reversals of letters at age 10 is big sign of a learning disablility. Most of my teaching has been done with 9 and 10 yr olds. As a parent you can request the school psychologist to test your child. Look on your state's education site to see how many days they have for the testing to be done and make sure they keep in that time frame.

I am dealing with my oldest son having some handwriting issues as well. Recently I have been told about dysgraphia. I am trying to learn about that. I do know from what I've read and what I've been told by drs. that kids that are ADD/ADHD often struggle with handwriting and medication sometimes will improve their handwriting. Another thing I've recently learned is that children with a PDD disorder or Asperger's Syndrome often have handwriting issues, commonly dysgraphia. PDD, Autism, and Asperger's Syndrome are neurological disorders.

Does your insurance cover testing done with one of the larger hospitals? It sounds like you need to have him evaluated from a hospital that specializes in learning difficulties and/or maybe neurological disorders. I know that it takes alot of specialization to make some of these diagnoses that local family drs. don't have.

I wish you the best of luck. Don't give up!

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acitez

There are a couple of resources for physio-neurotherapy, which helps treat some of the underlying problems that contribute to learning disabilities. I have used one of the programs with my son and was very pleased with the result. I am currently providing the therapy on a volunteer basis at a local elementary school. I work with two second-graders four days a week, and I have seen real progress over the last 2 months!

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acitez

google it. The program I use is from a company called Learning Technics. They have offices in a few cities, and there are some schools and residential programs who use it. I think they also have a program you can purchase and do yourself.

They are quite expensive. I paid $2700 when I used it for my son, which included an hour every week with their therapist and then about 45 minutes at home 5 days a week with me.

There are also some issues with medication for hyperactivity. The way the therapy works is it overloads the neural pathways, so if you are medicated to interfere with overload, the therapy is not as effective.

I'm not familiar with written expression disorder, but some of the interventions help with reversals, and some help with expressing language, so I think it would help, but you'd have to ask the person who will help you evaluate your child.