Handwriting has been one of the most difficult skills for H to master. I think it is partly that he could have gone either right or left-handed and he does use his left hand for some things. As far as I’ve been able to work out he hasn’t been put off writing with his left by anyone, so I think it’s just that he doesn’t have a very strong handedness, if that makes sense. Added to that the occupational therapist recently diagnosed that his hand and arm muscles were weak, which isn’t helping with his writing. Over the summer we tried all sorts of outdoor stuff to get him using his arms and hands: wheelbarrow races, drawing outside with chalk, etc. In the winter we are much more reliant on indoor options and I’ve tried various techniques like stress balls to help him build those hand muscles and special cutlery to help him when he’s eating because that cutting things up is a bit of a problem (although I think a lot of children seem to think this is too much trouble).
As it’s National Handwriting Day on 23rd January, we’ve been trying out some of Stabilo’s special handwriting pens (the STABILO EASYstart range). H has been using these for a while to be honest, although we were send some to review too. H finds them easier to hold than normal pens and they encourage him to grip in the right place. At the moment he is working towards his pen license at school and school have agreed that he can use one of these pens rather than the usual fountain pen. I think he might be working towards a pen license for a while, but quite a few of the class (including many of the girls) have already got their licenses, so I don’t want him to be too far behind. H likes the fun colours of these pens, plus the fact that they are easy and comfortable to hold. I like that they are practical too with refills being available and some models have erasable ink.