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Fine Motor Skills - Possible Dysgraphia(8 Posts)
My son was 6 in October and in Yr1. One of the oldest in his class but he struggles with reading and writing.
His handwriting seems to puzzle his teacher and SENCo the most.
It is pretty quirky.
He starts his letters in strange places, does lots of reversals (esp. numbers). Despite having been taught consistently at school, he forgets his finger spacing and writes long sequences of uneven letters. He mixes lower and upper case in middle of words. Also, his spelling is "original".
He doesn't colour neatly either.
His teacher/SENCo mentioned that it might be something to do with his fine motor skills. The thing is he's always had excellent fine motor skills, building tiny Lego machines from age 4 with tiny lights and bits.
I think this would have to be more a fine motor skill problem linked to handling a pen.
Anyone here has a dysgraphic child?
I've heard that fine motor skills for writing are in a different part of the brain than other general fine motor skills. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
Thanks MiaowTheCat. Thats very interesting.
I had heard that about dyspraxic children. My neighbour has a grownup son with dyspraxia that many affected his handwriting. He's now a car designer for a big formula 1 company, so he obviously overcome his issues.
I need to find some research about motor skills I think.
Also could be to do with visual problems - like tracking and spatial awareness. DS aged 8 does exactly the same. He has dyspraxia.
Worth asking for OT exam - does he have problems with other stuff - reading, catching a ball?
We found behavioural optometrist helpful and now doing exercises to help strengthen eye movement as well as fine motor work x
We have just reached the end of yr2 with little improvements in handwriting and an unusual pencil grip. We still have issues with letter reversal although the school aren't that concerned by this. The school have just stared the process of applying for an OT referral. Might be worth talking to the school SENCO and see what they suggest.
Quick update on this thread.
We saw OT and physio yesterday and my DS1 did the movement part of the assessment.
He is in the 2d percentile for movement. They also noticed that he had sensory processing issues and I need to see another OT for this.
We have found a good dyspraxia/dyslexia tutor for him now. She will be helping with handwriting.
Just out of interest how did you find the tutor?
Our DS is similar and the OT is going to help him with buttons and things but said "writing is not what we do", it's supposed to be school's job.
I found the tutor in Patoss: www.patoss-dyslexia.org
The extract of Patoss tutors for my region was sent to me by a dyslexia charity. I think you need to be a member otherwise to access Patoss.
The tutor we found works with dyslexia and dyspraxia, which is very handy.
Maybe it would be worth calling the Dyspaxia Foundation to see if they can access Patoss for you.
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