Meg - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
We just went through a battery of tests with our 9 year old who is having some difficulty in school, and he's off the charts. The word 'brilliant' was used repeatedly, both by the district psychiatrist and by the special ed evaluator. The OT report showed no physical problems, but noted left-handedness and a need to teach more comfortable paper positioning. What it came down to was, as the psychiatrist described, a 'bottle-neck' effect when he tries to get all that knowledge out on paper. He's in 3rd grade, and testing out at 5th-11th grade on every test not involving writing. In written tests, he's at 2nd grade. He's social and happy and creative in so many ways, and he wants to be a writer when he grows up.
Watching the worry drain from his teacher's face as she got actual proof that he's learned everything she's taught and more was worth masses - I can tell she feels less pressure to make him write, so he feels under less pressure, so writing is easier for him. He says school has eased up some now, but I know it's still an issue. How do I help him overcome this graphomotor glitch and show the world how smart he is?