so, we tried out the writing 8 excercise, but not every day and not for 15 minutes. it was really really stressful for ds so he's not doing it anymore. it provoked a lot of anxiety.
i've got a book in my hands right now called "brain gym
" that gives some more kinesthetic excercises for the same idea as the writing 8. i really like their excercise that involves drawing 'lazy 8's' in the air using the arm and head like an elephant trunk. Ds did a couple of their shoulder excercises when he got locked up with math the other day, and it really really helped him.
Anyways, brain gym seems like a better fit for us. It's a lot less rigid, less dogmatic, more whole body movements, etc
We're really looking strongly towards other alternatives for written output. It would be really nice for ds be able to handwrite, but with technology, there are so many other options. (typing, speech to text programs, dictation, etc...).
karne~~that's what our OT suggested too. she said that longer than a few minutes a day is just too long for ds.