Fine Motor Skills Problems in your reluctant writer
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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!
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”
- 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.
- 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).
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