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NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Fri 09-Sep-11 13:19:32

DS is 10 and his handwriting is still very poor, he has had extra help at school and i have spent alot of time helping him at home. I sometimes wonder if he started as a left hander as when he was younger up to about 8 he did alot of things LH( apart from writing) but then started using RH for most activities. The school use the cursive style .
His paed ( he sees for migraine) did mention that his joints are hypermobile, really backwards bending elbows! would this be a reason? but he has always enyoyed using lego and has had no problem with building models.
I have mentioned my concerns to his teachers on many occasions but nothing is advised apart from practice and pen grips.

Any advice?

LIZS Fri 09-Sep-11 13:26:30

ds is hypermobile and yes it does affect handwriting . I'd suggest you ask for an ot referral and he needs to learn to sit properly supported, feet flat on the floor and maybe use a soft wrist support(like for a keyboard) or writing slope to give him a better angle (experiment with a lever arch file sideways on). ds was writing with his whole arm rather than just the wrist and hand and he found it very tiring and awkward.

IndigoBell Fri 09-Sep-11 13:28:16

I second the advice to get him seen by an OT, seeing as you and school have done everything you can.

You can see one on the NHS, or see one privately.

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