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Helping my son with writing and speech

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exflyer Tue 23-Sep-08 14:22:37

Hello, can anyone offer any tips? My ds has just started at primary school, he was just 4 in August, born 6 weeks early. He hasn't suffered from being prem other than what I think is a developmental delay with his speech and writing. He has had help at pre-school with speech, and since starting primary the teacher has requested a speech therapy assesment for him. In addition his writing is miles away from the level his classmates are at. He has never been even remotely interested in writing/colouring or painting and this is now very evident. It's a nightmare trying to engage him in homework, jolly phonics, which requires him to draw a simple picture of the particular word, drum, dog etc etc. His pictures consist of large scrawly lines on the page. It is very hard to hold his attention, he would rather be babbling on about tractors and diggers, or gazing out of the window, or putting the pencil in his mouth. It's getting very frustrating for me, him and his dad. The only thing we can interest him in is reading, which he will do no problem. Does anyone know how we can make writing fun and something he would enjoy, or offer any advise on ways we can work on his speech at home?

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Tue 23-Sep-08 14:26:06

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flamehead Wed 24-Sep-08 13:25:40

i would buy him a large wipeboard and some marker pens. My kids loved using those.
Post its are a good idea too. Kids love drawing pictures or writng messgages to you and sticking them around the house. maybe you could write letters on them and ask him if he can find the letter 's' for example.

Smudge45 Wed 24-Sep-08 19:48:12

Sounds eactly like my 4 1/2 year old son, except it is trains not tractors with him and his speech problems are due to glue ear. For the hand writing our son's teacher gave us a list of things we could do to help and a little bag of things to do. They included threading pasta shapes on elastic to make necklaces, pipe cleaners, putting clothes pegs around a paper plate, putting pegs (not clothes ones) in a wooden board, playing cards and laminated letters to write around. He doesn't enjoy all of them, but he does enjoy a lot of them. We have also bought him pictures he can trace from the ELC. We only do it for about 10 mins per day and even in less than 2 weeks we are beginning to see a change. Oh and he likes cutting things up with scissors as well.

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