Jump to content

11 year old with bad handwritting, how can i help?


  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 sydney75

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

My 11 year old has very bad writting.
Anyway he has see the occupational therapist 3 times and he has 2 more sessions left because there isnt much left in my private health fund to use up.
He is on a waiting list for occupational therapy through the community health centre and takes one year.

Is there a website that i can print out pages for handwritting?

Also is there anywhere else i can put him on a waiting list?


#2 mumto3princesses

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

I don't know about a website or waiting lists etc but there is heaps of handwriting workbooks in newsagents or bookshops. Maybe even cheapie junk type shops. I know I found spelling and maths ones at a couple of junk shops once.



#3 luke's mummu

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

Your private health fund should start paying again in the new year - most are by calendar year.

Also you may be able to get a 'medicare extended allied health plan' - sorry I can't think of the exact words for 5 funded visits - need to see your GP and they fill out a lot of paperwork.

#4 baddmammajamma

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:54 PM

In addition to the suggestions above, sit in on the next session of OT that he has. Ask the OT to give you additional exercises for your son that you can put into play at home.

#5 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

To be honest.... I think some people will always have bad handwriting  ph34r.gif I don't have any practical solutions. I had special instructions studying teaching at Uni that I really needed to improve to pass. I guess I must have tried really hard to do so lol.

My daughter is the same. I find handwriting SO frustrating because it is impossible to get my thoughts down quick enough. Learning to touch type on a typewriter, and hence being a very fast touch typist now is my saving grace.

I can barely read my own addressed letters.

One thing that probably helped in the past was a book about calligraphy. I used to practice as a child as the pen was so nice to use, and the style of writing so elegant. If you saw the work I did with a calligraphy pen, compared to with a normal pen you wouldn't know it is the same person writing. Perhaps something like that would help?

#6 Magenta Ambrosia

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

Maybe your child is destined to be a Doctor

#7 cattivo lupo

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

If you are getting an el cheapo handwriting book from a shop, make sure it is the style taught in your state (NSW for example is called NSW foundation handwriting).

We have also used special pencil grips with our girls, I got them from the optometrist, he got them from he States, they aren't like those triangular ones, they're kind of moulded and really correct grip, that can also be helpful.

My ten year old has appalling handwriting too, and a terrible grip sad.gif.

#8 sydney75

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE (It'sallgood @ 17/12/2012, 11:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When you say he has "bad" handwriting, what exactly do you mean? HIS WRITTING IS SMALL, MESSY AND CANT READ THE WRTTING.

He can't hold a pen / pencil properly and co-ordinate himself to write legibly? NO
Or his writing is so untidy it's unreadable? YES
Or he can't recognise and work out how to write on lines across the page etc? NO

what is HIS perception of how he writes? Can he identify himself what the problem with his writing is? or does he think his writing is okay? HE SAYS HE DOESNT KNOW WHY HIS WRITTING IS LIKE THAT, AND HE SAYS HE TRYS HIS BEST BUT IT TURNS OUT LIKE THAT.

Does he want to improve? or is he jsut playing along with what the adults in his life are saying is incorrect? YES HE WANTS TO IMPROVE AND I SEE I DO SEE HIM TRYING REALLY WELL TO DO THE WORKSHEETS.

I would think there are different reasons for each of these things above and depending on what the actual issue is, would take different approach?

Tamm

Edited by mercedez, 17 December 2012 - 10:14 PM.


#9 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

This is going back a few years now, but my son saw an OT for hypermobile thumb which was impacting on a few things. He did a bit of threading and pulling objects out of putty (it's hard to pull apart, unlike clay and playdough).

Dot to dots were good for him as well, and tracing handwriting patterns, like swirls and waves.

#10 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:57 PM

This was my DS when he was about the same age as yours. His OT concentrated on exercises to improve upper body strength as he could not sit up properly and control a pen due to poor muscle tone in arms and shoulders. Things like swimming and ball catching/throwing helped. Writing is still abysmal but readable.

#11 sydney75

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:38 PM

QUOTE (luke's mummu @ 17/12/2012, 10:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Your private health fund should start paying again in the new year - most are by calendar year.

Also you may be able to get a 'medicare extended allied health plan' - sorry I can't think of the exact words for 5 funded visits - need to see your GP and they fill out a lot of paperwork.



he has already used the 5 visits of speech therapy (language and grammar) and will use it for speech as well for next year.

#12 Overtherainbow

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:53 PM

Some children benefit from multicoloured paper, where each dotted third is in a different colour.  You can purchase th paper from OT suppliers.  I know skill builders supply online, not sure on price comparisons.

Is there a diagnosed issue causing the difficulties?  If so your child may be eligible to receive access to a computer or scribe for standardised testing and Naplan.  How's his typing speed?

Has your OT provided a home programme?  Are they willing to supply a list of recommendations to help your child develop with another session in a months time?

We've been down the OT trail and I feel your pain, juggling the costs and the needs of your child.  If they require physio or speech speak to your GP about an allied health plan.

#13 lylac

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:15 AM

My son's teacher makes up stories in a dotted font to try to keep it interesting.
http://www.schoolfonts.com.au/index.html

I think a previous poster was talking about theraputty.
http://www.skillbuilders.com.au/Products/S...Theraputty.aspx


#14 **sharon**

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:28 AM

Clay, playdough, stress balls etc help build and bevelop muscles which can help a great deal.


#15 Georgie01

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:01 AM

Talk to the OT and see what can be done at home and school. My son has had 3 years of OT to help with his handwriting. His OT provides extra exercises tailored for him and also advises on tools (like grips) and exercises (like using the theraputty). She also gets his teachers on board (the OT visits the school for the sessions) and they get him to do little exercises throughout the day and also provide her with feedback on what work seems to be causing problems. After each of his sessions I get a report that includes suggestions for exercises/tools for both home and school.

#16 CharliMarley

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

QUOTE (Magenta Ambrosia @ 17/12/2012, 11:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe your child is destined to be a Doctor


You beat me to that quote. rolleyes.gif

#17 *bucket*

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

Not sure if you have access to an iPad or not, but if you do there is an app called dexteria.  It does cost $5.50ish I think, but has exercises and games to help improve strength in fingers etc. we haven't had it very long so I can't report too much personally but the reviews are all good and our OT suggested it was worth a try.  My DS is now 16 and has been having OT for many years. At this stage we will try anything to help. He has improved over time but his finger strength and tone are still low and he writes very slowly for it to be legible.

Good luck.

#18 Paladin

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

Calligraphy.  Buy him a calligraphy set for over the holidays.  Improved my handwriting by miles when I was a kid.  If nothing else, it's a fun holiday project.

#19 aidensmum

Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

My sons handwriting is very messy.  He has some issues with motor skills in general and lack of core strength means he rests his head on his hand so cant use his spare hand to hold the paper still.  Writing is a complicated process and hard to get right if there are other issues.  We realised that he didn't do well in Japanese this year as he can't write the characters neatly enough for the teacher to read, even though he knows the answers and verbally he is great.  Feel like a idiot that we didn't figure that one out.  He's switching to a tablet computer at school next year, so that should make life easier.

#20 SnazzyFeral

Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

I have dysgraphia and nothing really worked, I still have barely legible hand writing. However my OT as a teen gave me some good exercises so I would be asking the OT for more or getting them to suggest some workbooks more catered to his particular problem. If he has dysgraphia then getting him to do more workbooks or calligraphy won’t help all that much (although they aren’t pointless exercises) as there needs to be a holistic approach that takes into account other things like balance, muscle memory and sequencing.

ETA Finding an OT who specialises in specific learning disabilities might also help.

Edited by SnazzySass, 24 December 2012 - 12:28 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.