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Old 11-24-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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Oh my gosh... my 6 year old does the same thing, and the school is THROWING A FIT!!! His writing is actually pretty good, IMO, but he makes his letters a little too tall to fit in the little lines, etc. The teachers, both kindergarten and his 1st greade teacher this year, just keep telling him (and me) that it just won't do...
All I can say is I'm glad I don't have to have my handwriting graded by these standards! ~D
I wish my son's teachers WOULD throw a fit. They don't 'cause he is Autistic. So they don't expect him to do stuff like the other kids. But he will, and does- if you teach him how. My complaint with the school is that they don't push him... no matter how much I tell them to. They don't correct his writing strokes despite my requests over the last 2 years. This situation could've been nipped in the bud... but they let it slide... 'You know,' they tell me, 'it's probably easier for him this way.' They just don't see the big picture. I'm pretty sure this improper writing style is going to be an issue when it comes to taking notes. Then again, maybe he won't 'realize' he needs to take notes.... that will be a whole different ball game... Sigh!
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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As long as the hand writing is legible, who cares how it's done? I don't get why teachers get so caught up in everybody doing things the same way. Why do kids all have to be the same? I'd rather my child do things how it works for him instead of conforming to some stupid method just because it is the 'right' way.
I agree. As long as he understands what he is writing and you can read it who cares how he writes it. Talk about imposing perfectionism on 6 year olds...Geez! they need to ease up!

My DD's preschool teacher sent home a paper with the "proper" way to write the letters. I tossed it. She is writing great and who cares if she dots her 'I' before she writes the body of it.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: St. Louis Metro East
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I wish my son's teachers WOULD throw a fit. They don't 'cause he is Autistic. So they don't expect him to do stuff like the other kids. But he will, and does- if you teach him how. My complaint with the school is that they don't push him... no matter how much I tell them to. They don't correct his writing strokes despite my requests over the last 2 years. This situation could've been nipped in the bud... but they let it slide... 'You know,' they tell me, 'it's probably easier for him this way.' They just don't see the big picture. I'm pretty sure this improper writing style is going to be an issue when it comes to taking notes. Then again, maybe he won't 'realize' he needs to take notes.... that will be a whole different ball game... Sigh!
I don't know your situation, or if this might be an option for you, but is your son getting any OT outside of school? That was a lifesaver for my older boy, who is also autistic. He's 14 now, and doing phenomenally well. Easter Seals is wonderful, they helped him so very much. Just a thought...

If they see progress from him because someone IS pushing him, like you, or an outside OT/PT, they might be more inclined to listen.

Good luck!

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Old 11-25-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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If how he writes is your biggest problem, you are truly blessed. My son is now 19, his reading comprehension is good, and his composition skills are adequate, but he has serious problems with penmanship. After years of coaching and OT, teachers agreed that keyboarding was the solution. He's great on the computer and the stress reduction over his penmanship has improved his performance academically.
Some kids will never write well, but there are alternatives.
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