Originally Posted by karne
Oh, sorry, that would have been helpful info to include! He's 7, and I am primarily talking about sentence construction, putting together a paragraph, and writing on a topic that is not of his choosing. Even topics of his choosing are tough. Handwriting is somewhat poor for his age, although not bad enough for an OT intervention at this point. His abilities are very high, but this is a very difficult piece in school.
It could be that when he's focussed his printing is tidier, but that when he attempts larger volumes he fatigues and thus doesn't persist.
If you can get an OT assessment, from someone who's very experienced with hands as opposed to a generalist, you may find particular areas of challenge for your son. In my son's case, it's a bunch of things but includes trunk strength, which I wouldn't have identified myself.
How's his reading? Written output can be affected by hand eye (something an OT or PT would pick up on), or it could be affected by subtle vision issues.
My son is very, very VS, and has sensory and motor issues, has vision issues. Apparently his fine motor is fine, but his written output is very poor.
The Eides' book, The Mislabeled Child, has a whole chapter on written output and they're very interested in gifted kids so it's a great resource.
Oh, and did I mention, yes, it's an issue here too