Lots of very good ideas . I will post more later and truly I am not trying to trigger anyone but I wish that the therapist would not recomend HWT. My son did this through 2nd grade and also with an OT. It is so ball and stick that there is no fluid motion.it is not a natural angle of lettering. It made his handwriting barely legible (being very generous with legible) and he would fatigue very quickly. I reached out in desperation to an outstanding handwriting specialist. She had so many good suggestions.
Hang a chalkboard or a white board at home on the wall. If so do your spelling work on that.
Look up whole shoulder writing as that is huge and with practace really helps the upper body. Even just doing shapes and swirls on the wall board.
she sent me a link to large mechanical pencils 1.3 pt and those instantly improved legibility. If I home schooled I would use the friction pens or something smooth and have my son just draw a line through errors.
Anyway she turned me on to Getty and Dubay. It is highly legible and very easy on the hand and mechanical action. I wish more children with disabilities qerw taught this. She told me to make sure the work surface was ergonomic. I tried a drafting table I found on Craigslist to put thing's at an angle. I tried once again to fix the grip paying attention to rotating the paper and using the helper hand.
We also did vision therapy during this but after 3 months my sons could produce very legible print. This is after everything else had failed. Getty & Dubay has an awesome cursive because you just join up the print in a smooth motion. Maybe someday but for now I am happy.
I get that your son is 14. If your son can write cursive just use wide paper and have him skip a line. Have him turn the paper and use his helper hand all that will help without changing what he already knows.
I also tried Google Talk to text but my son has some pronunciation issues so that bombed.
Here us our writing method for my sons school papers.
My son has different challenges but I can share what we are doing. I am learning constantly and posting for help.you will see my threads. I am learning a lot from this thread.
I call it FRONTLOADING its basically prewriting_preteaching.
My goal now is to get stuff on paper anyway I can and even if it's unorganized. Then work to build confidence and gel it together through editing. We revise on the computer and practace reading it outloud to see if it makes sence.
I also have found that because of my sons capd he gets overwhelmed at the beginning of a new writing paragraph so we do a lot of prewriting with me scribing ideas and mind maps or whatever you have found works. Basically a lot of brainstorming together coming up with basic paragraph elements or storyboard type sequences. I try to keep this part very positive. It might be a week for something as simple as a 1 page fairy tale.
Once the big idea is established with charachters and plot elements we move forword.
Then the next we might talk about a good topic sentence and then talk about what the next sentences should cover . I scribe again
Then the next day or once he has the full concept I have my son dictate the story to me using the notes we made. I dictate it without changing Grammer, most punctuation and most spelling then I pass it to my son as a rough draft. It might take us a few days just for him to dictate it because he is forming the ideas.
With the rough draft he works through it and since he isn't stuck in the mud can come up with some good quality sentences. It's till below grade level and we are working on it but we are progressing.
I hope over time to build confidence and skill so this process becomes his alone but we are still working on that.
Edited by exercise_guru, 31 December 2017 - 01:44 AM.