Background: ds (12) struggles with his writing, he has very hypermobile fingers, wrists and arms and this means he struggles to grip a pen well. He has things to help him, an angled writing desk and a pen with triangle grip but his writing is still very hard to read.
Now: He has been given by his new English teacher (as have all his class) a long writing assignment to do over this half term, the instructions say to hand write so that is what ds is doing and I think it is right that he does it. He is taking his time and I am really proud of how hard he is trying but his writing is still awful and takes a lot of work to read.
Do I: 1 - Just let him do the work as is given and leave it to the teacher to try to understand. 2 - Ask him to type it up after he has written it and submit the typed copy alongside the written one. 3 - Type it up myself (with translation from him as required) and submit that with the written one. 4 - Send a note to the teacher asking if she would like me to do either of these things? 5 - Other?
I am tempted to do 2 or 3 (or share it) but would this annoy the teacher? What would you do?
With bad handwriting there are a few tricks that can help.
- Write on every second line, this gives space and makes it easier to visually distinguish between letters.
- Write slightly larger. Again, this helps the eye to decipher the writing.
- Only write on one side of the paper, again for ease of deciphering the writing.
- While this doesn't affect the quality of the actual writing, this helps with the ease of reading.
- Use black ink rather than blue, and make sure it is a fine to medium point.
Writing is something your DS will need to get a handle on if he wants to undertake further education. Exams will need to be handwritten for the majority of subjects.
I would suggest practising a small amount of handwriting every day in order to keep working on making the writing more legible. By it only being a small amount, it will be easier to encourage him to really take his time in forming each letter clearly, and with constant practice there will be a gradual improvement.