Working With Reluctant Writers – week 3

Are you having big time struggles with Dysgraphia in your homeschool? You'll want to check out these tips from a educational theapist & homeschool mom!

Fine Motor Skills Problems in your reluctant writer

My oldest son has always battled low muscle tone.  His low muscle tone was first pointed out to us during his initial Early Intervention evaluations, way back in the day.  He began seeing a feeding speech therapist, and that helped us loads there.  His fine motor skills as they related to writing, however, made slower progress as we would have liked to have seen.  Finding workarounds is important for us when his hands are becoming exhausted, but we still need to get some learning in.  Below are some tips to help you with your homeschool writing journey.

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Update:  His fine motor skills have greatly improved!  He still fatigues fairly quickly compared to my younger son, but writing isn’t filled with tears anymore.  In addition to the tips below, I’ve found another way to work fine motor skills into his passions-  He now writes stories and draws pictures to go with them daily.  We’ve had to invest a ton in composition notebooks we quickly recycle, lol, but it’s been so worth it! 

If you can't figure out how to get your reluctant writers writing, then I've got some useful tips for you that helped us out! | Special needs | Homeschool Writing | Fine Motor Skills

Strengthen hand muscles

  • Let your creative child work with clay.  They can create and tell about a scene in a book rather than write about it.
  • Stop at a local music store and pick up one of these.
  • Use stress balls to strengthen grip.
  • Have them help in the kitchen, gripping things and stirring, for example, are good ways to exercise their finger muscles a little at a time.

Use alternative methods of “writing”

When pushing handwriting practice or hand strengthening is more than your reluctant writer can handle, for the time being, try some alternative options:
  • Typing is a good option to try, it’s going to be a needed skill anyway these days.  If your child gets frustrated by the slowness of their typing, check out this free program to help them learn.
  • Use your word processor to make a series of words that relate to the subject matter being covered (nouns, verbs, adjectives, the whole shebang…) or use the generic dollar tree kind (pictured below).  Your child can practice assembling sentences and organize their thoughts without having to write or type.
    If you can't figure out how to get your reluctant writer writing, then I've got some useful tips for you that helped us out! Special Needs Parenting | Homeschool writing | Tips to help kids write
  • Have them color or paint their answers.
  • Have them answer verbally, while you transcribe.  You can even ask them to spell the words you are unsure they actually know (if that is a concern for you).

-Jill

Catch the rest of the Reluctant Writer series: Week 1 Week2

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Author: Jill C

Jill is a Christian, homeschooler, "boy mom", and special needs parent. Jill has ADHD and has learned firsthand how adapting environments can be key to finding success! Her current mission is to empower parents whose desire is to homeschool their special needs children and helping them squash their self-doubt!

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