Writing

by Aparna Gupta
(India)

The child is 3 years 9 months old and refuses to hold a pencil to write. He is extremely playful and wants to keep running and jumping around. Why does he not want to write while others his age are already holding pencil and writing?

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Aug 22, 2014
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going through the same thing
by: Anonymous

We just recently got told by an OT our ped referred us to that our 5 year old son has spd he just started kinder last monday and it was awful his teacher said he wouldnt listen and refused to do the classwork (tracing his name). This week she said he did better with listening but still just absolutely refuses to do the tracing assignments (he also refuses to do them at home for us) so I will be speaking with his therapist at his appt tomorrow about it in hopes we can get him doing his work.

Mar 08, 2013
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3years no pencil
by: mom

Give it time.
At 3 years old a kid is just out of the toddler stage and wants to play. Let him/her. Don't worry about holding a pencil correctly until VPK if your area has it. People want to get their kids started "early" so they can be ahead of others... I guarantee not "every other 3 year old" is holding properly a pencil and even more so, making letters! Relax. If by 4, 4 1/2 (VPK age,typical) maybe even 5, there is still a concern, have evaluation done. I don't think this in itself is cause for concern at this point.
GL

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Mar 01, 2013
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Help with Writing
by: Anonymous

My daughter is 9. When she was about your sons age we had similar problems. This created huge problems when she started school. She could write the letters but fought it like you would not believe! In 1st grade she spent a lot of time working on writing assignments while other kids moved on to fun activities. The school kept telling me she refused to write. I had struggles with her at home when it came to homework. Then along came our occupational therapist. Because of her SPD she had a very hard time holding a writing utensil. It was painful and she would push really hard when she would write. She also has a hard time getting the words from her head onto paper. Her therapist now works with her on actively thinking about writing softer and has her hold the pencil in a different way. We also have an interesting pencil grip unlike any that I had tried before. She still gets tired when writing sometimes. But she no longer fights! Good luck!

Sep 22, 2012
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Writing
by: Aparna Gupta

The child in question is extremely active and even after indulging in all kinds of play activities he refuse to write alphabetsI. From a recent interaction we found that he can write only th letters with th left to right curve such as c . Please send in your comments. Thks

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