Fine Motor Skills Problems
My own son has always battled with low muscle tone. His low muscle tone was first pointed out to us during his initial Early Intervention evaluations. He began seeing a feeding speech therapist, and that helped us loads. His fine motor skills, however, have never made as much progress as we would like to see. Finding work-arounds is important for us when his hands are becoming exhausted, but we still need to get some learning in. Below are some tips to help you in your homeschool writing journey.
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.
Use alternative methods of "writing"
When pushing hand writing practice or hand strengthening is more than they can handle for the time being, try some alternative options:
- 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 (pic below) . Your child can practice assembling sentences and organizing their thoughts without having to write or type.
- Have them color or paint their answers.
- Have them use their own words to answer, 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).