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Q. My son is aged 6. He is reading everything enthusiastically to himself but I think achieving very little written work at school.
Sometimes he refuses to to write at school and he won't write at home. He is unable to form his letters or numerals correctly and often reverses them. At parents evenings we have always been advised that he is progressing well and it is only very recently we have been told that he refuses to write.
He seeks knowledge constantly at home and is always absorbed in highly technical books on space/natural world etc and he challenges and questions everything. We think in general he is quite bright.
He is at a good state school but they have few children with special needs. Should I be requesting help or what should I do?
A. I would try to get your son assessed by a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who will be able to look at the reasons why he is finding writing such a struggle. You can ask the school to refer him to the OT service or you can go to your GP and ask him/her to refer you. Emphasise the fact that his writing abilities seem out of line with his other abilities and that he is getting so upset about it that he is refusing to write. This is therefore affecting all his academic progress.
You don't mention whether he is left or right handed - letter reversal is much more common in left-handers.
It may be that he has problems with the motor control required for writing. These web pages
As he is not keen on actual writing I'd get him to practise writing and drawing activities as "subversively" as possible.
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