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Old 09-30-05, 04:36 PM
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Had my conference with the teacher this morning.

So anyway, given he only has four fingers on his RT hand, he has defaulted to be left handed, but his teacher seems to think that it is not "natural" for him. In fact his preK teacher told me the same thing. Anyway, his handwriting is reeeeally bad and he does struggle with it, so she has suggested that an Occuptional Spec come observe him in class and get some suggestions on how to help him improve his handwriting skills. Its funny though because he is left handed, but uses the mouse with his right hand.

She could be right. He does have a hard time and I do notice that he don't hold his pencil like he is comfortable with it. So we will see how it goes....
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Old 09-30-05, 05:08 PM
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Its good to know they are suggesting it now when he's still young enough for it to really help him. I wonder if its too late for him to start using his right hand to write. I've known people who put the pen between their index and middle fingers.

Isn't it funny how its easier for most lefties to use their right hands than for righties to use their left hand.
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Old 09-30-05, 05:25 PM
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How interesting. Good for his teacher for being pro-active. I will be interested to hear what the therapist says.
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Alex has many problems that need an Occupational therapist such as low tone, fine motor skills delays and an extended thumb when gripping a pencil. He did not qualify for OT at school (we tried) but he did get OT when he was in first grade for a year from our insurance. I think it really helps when you catch it when they are young. I am glad you got this advice and I encourage you to get him as much OT that the school or your insurance will provide.
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