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Handwriting for Lefty with Fine Motor Issues

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Our oldest (special needs) has fine motor issues. We started with HWT thanks to his OT's suggestion (esp. since he is also left handed). Years later, he still has horrible handwriting.

I know part of the reason I don't like it is simply because I don't like the look of the HWT handwriting style. It's a good program, but I don't like the look of their writing style. It's also due to me not being completely committed to teaching it the way they prescribe (worked well enough for his younger siblings, but he needs more it seems) and the fact that he has weaker hands and still struggles with fine motor skills.

I have been putting off teaching cursive with the hopes that I can find a different program that works for him with a "prettier" style than HWT. I also thought I might be able to improve his handwriting if I find different practice sheets or a different program where we can reteach manuscript handwriting while using some of the techniques from HWT.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? 

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combatjulie

I have used HWOT with my son that has horrible handwriting.  I moved on to cursive this year and his handwriting has improved over all.  I think the cursive actually helped him!  He does better with him mauscript also since learning the cursive.  You might try to just teach him cursive and see what happens.  For my son I think it broken some of the bad habits he had acquired.

I used HWOT cursive and I agree it is not the prettiest but the letter formations are easier and now that he has the basics down I think we will switch the A Reason for Handwriting next year.  I think HWOT does a better job for teaching how to make the letters and connections than ARFH, so I am glad I stuck with it.

Neither of my kids forms their letters exactly like the HWOT model but have their own style so it doesn't bother me that much.

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kolamum

Take this with a grain of salt..

 I have a lefty who taught himself to write at a VERY young age. Pencil holding was never an issue for him as he wished, so much to emulate being able to write. There was a huge scuffle when he was 2.5-3ish because he wrote out "Happy Birthday Uncle D" on a parcel for my brother who's fondly referred to as Uncle D. My boy had a lisp as a little one & struggled with names. Anyway, Uncle D wanted that wrapping paper, but so did Gram. HAHA

However, despite being able to write his handwriting was poor, mostly because there were other underlying problems. His were not fine motor skill related, but visual processing related. Once we got to the bottom of that we picked up HWOT & went with their print book. I put it on the "special" coloured paper my son needs & turned him loose with it. Keep in mind he was older than the recommended age so being independent with it was easy for him, but he also, so badly, wanted to be able to write so people could read it easily that it helped encourage him.

I did not tell him how to form his letters. I wont' say I was in love with HWOT because the style of paper was weird, but it worked for my kids. Both, actually. Their specialist thinks it is the best paper she has ever seen {HWOT} & wishes that it was more readily available here so that kids weren't trying to form letters in wide or narrow ruled paper. Interestingly enough, my youngest, all be it 13, still writes cleaner with HWOT paper than with regular. Mind you, this is likely in part to his VPD because he has copious amounts of HWOT on his "special" coloured paper.

All that to say, sometimes Mamma really hates something but it IS the best solution for our children. I KNOW that frustration because WE resist what is best for our children, but once we accept that it's the best choice it turns out to be quite a smooth ride because it WORKS & we are not swimming UPSTREAM, kwim?

Like the previous poster stated, neither of my children's handwriting looks exactly like HWOT, they each have their own unique handwriting, & I can always tell when one needs more practice. ;) 

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PentecostalMom

We use HWT with our lefty as well, and we have found the app to be a huge help!  Just have to make sure they have proper position and aren't holding it like a tablet, kwim?

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