The state of Vermont requires that I have penmanship goals in his plan.
He is reading at a second grade level.
My son hates writing. He doesn't draw, color, paint he avoids playing with Play-Doh and if he does it's only for about five minutes. He also avoids cutting with scissors. He avoids most fine motor tasks.
No one in his life including his pediatrician feels that there is any sort of delay especially considering his age and gender.
I strongly feel that the avoidances is based in perfectionism Not a developmental disability.
When given scrabble letters or the movable alphabet he will spell. He enjoys typing on the computer. He will do some fine motor based skills on the iPad but again it is limited.
Progress is being made but again it is very slow. I think in another year we won't have the limitations we have now and in five years I don't think they'll be any limitation at all other than perhaps poor penmanship which I think we all know a lot of boys have.
It is important to keep in mind that while language and even art is hardwired into the brain writing and reading is not. Because of brain development and personality (perfectionist) I don't think that there's an issue there I also don't think that I should be pushing him to write. I have a bigger problem with imposing on him now and creating self-esteem issues... Especially since he is only five and literacy is progressing.
However all of the things listed above the state of Vermont will not accept as his writing samples.
I was told that it is unusual for him to type at this age and not write. Why? Considering the world we live in, is it really so unusual?
Also what exactly is the goal here? If the goal is Literacy than typing on the computer and printing those pages out should suffice.
If the goal is tracking fine motor skills, Why does it have to be writing?
Do other people have similar experiences?
I intend to put into his curriculum plan simply that every teachable moment that becomes available will be taken and all that work will be submitted however The primary goal is to generate intrinsic interest in writing.