If your answering yes to these questions, you may have a child with dysgraphia, and yes, it can be physically painful to write. After researching dysgraphia, it surprised me how often it is undiagnosed in school systems, especially since it is easily identified and can be overcome. Here's some Tips that you can Take, Tweak, or Toss:
|bad grip, no paper slant, sitting on knees|
Here's some clues to look for in toddlers: no interest in coloring, side-walk chalking, markering, or using eating utensils. You can start strengthening around the age of 3 by using play dough to strengthen hands, fingers, and improving finger coordination. It's never too late to start though. Here are some tips for that http://ashisgift.blogspot.com/2011/05/strengthening-little-hands.html
Another fact about dysgraphia is that there are two components to it. One is physical, the other part is more mental. It can be difficult to move those creative thoughts from the mind through the pencil onto paper. Lorraine says that they overcome this by doing a lot of dictation. If your child can dictate his creative writing to you and have you write it down for him, this will help ease the pain for him and he will enjoy his creativity and school a whole lot more. It is important to separate Handwriting from Creative Writing. Handwriting class should last no longer than 15 minutes.
Learning to type can help too. Some people with dysgraphia experience no pain while keyboarding. Here's a link to help your children learn to type for free http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/. I had the pleasure of interviewing Lorraine during my Children's Express show. Our discussion about dysgraphia begins around the 77 minute mark, just click here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autistic-people-/2011/09/26/autistic-artists-4pmchildren-express-5pm
Annie Eskeldson blogs for parents of young autists. She is a homeschooler and has 3 published children's books about autism at Ashi's Gift Website.