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Shameless Mom Brag: My violently reluctant writer


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And when I say violently reluctant, I am not exaggerating. When we pulled him out of school at the end of 3rd grade he would rather stab you with a pencil than make marks on paper with it--and would try valiantly to do just that. His public school teachers (and technicians and therapists and administrative staff and psychologist) had been trying since kindergarten to get this child to write. He's a super bright boy, but he has sensory issues (the feel of the pencil on the paper), coordination issues and communication issues related to his Asperger's Syndrome that just really have made writing an absolute nightmare for him and for anyone else involved. So we've been working at both the ingrained negative attitude and the actual skill of composition, and various ways of getting information down on paper such as writing, typing, dictating to a scribe, etc.

 

So, when I post this paragraph you might not think it such a big deal for an 8th grader, but believe you me, this has been a loooong time coming. And what I really love about it is that all I told him to do was to "make a notebook page" about his science reading assignment--which usually results in a single sentence very broadly summarizing the assigned topic, along the lines of, "Americans and Soviets sent spacecraft into space." He can TELL you about what he read at length and in nauseating detail, but to actually WRITE it is something else entirely. (I usually give a more detailed assignment but I didn't have the 'umph' today to work through the negotiations I knew would begin if I asked for an outline.)

 

Anyway, here's what he cranked out today, and I just had to tell SOMEBODY about it because I find it so exciting. (Please no posts about how dumb it is for me to get worked up over this.)

 

Here it is. Ta-dah!

 

 

 

Space Exploration

 

 

 

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union announced the successful launch of Sputnik 1 into orbit. On November 3, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 2, which contained a dog named Laika. Laika had no means to return to Earth and was to die in orbit. On January 31, 1958, the first US satellite, the Explorer 1 successfully made it into orbit. The first time anyone landed on the moon wasn’t until July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11, containing Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, was the first spacecraft to land on the moon. The Apollo 17, which landed on the moon on December 11, 1972, was the last one.

 

 

It's accompanied by a very nice photograph of an astronaut walking on the moon, which he tells me (but didn't want to type) was taken from the Apollo 11 lander.

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That is a giant step for one young man! :party:

 

Congratulations to him, and to you for hanging in there and keeping going under really tough circumstances.

 

Edited to add: Would you mind cross-posting this on the K-8 and special needs boards? There have been a number of threads lately on handwriting issues/reluctant writers and I think many moms would be so heartened to hear your story.

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:party:

 

Yay!! That's awesome! I know just how you feel. Ds used to rip his paper in shreds and throw it all over when faced with any writing.

 

Yeah, we've done that too. I used to make several photocopies of math worksheets because he would shred them quicker than I could intervene. And it wasn't the math concepts that were the problem, it was having to write the answers.

 

That is a giant step for one young man! :party:

 

Congratulations to him, and to you for hanging in there and keeping going under really tough circumstances.

 

Edited to add: Would you mind cross-posting this on the K-8 and special needs boards? There have been a number of threads lately on handwriting issues/reluctant writers and I think many moms would be so heartened to hear your story.

 

Sure, I can do that. I posted it here because I thought I'd be more likely to get some responses. And I needed a little positive feedback on this...lol.

 

And speaking of positive feedback, thank you to everyone who responded! Happiness loves company too. :grouphug:

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