Fine Motor Skills - Adolescent

by Concerned Mom

Should a teenager with very limited fine motor skills be told that he will never be able to write?

If his OT has said he will never be able to do it should we simply allow him to not try to write. Instead have him use assistive devices such as computer programs to write for him or should we encourage him and allow him to use the devices but still have him work on his writing?

I was told that he would never be able to write. I find this to be absurd. He can write out words. Its not the best penmanship and it can be hard to read. But if he takes his time he can form legible sentences. I just believe he becomes frustrated and does not want to take the time to do this. Also he has so many people tell him that he cannot write, so why would he want to work on it?

I'm just baffled that an OT said that he will never be able to write... should i believe it or get another opinion?

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Will your child be able to write...
by: Tracey

Thanks for posting your question!

Your OT must have had some reason (test results etc) for making that statement; without seeing your son and seeing the test results, I am not able to say whether or not her statement is accurate.

It does sound as though writing is a very challenging activity for him, and for learning purposes it may well be better for him to use assistive devices that enable him to concentrate on learning, and not be distracted by the efforts of writing.

However, depending on what your son's limitations are, and his motivation, it would be worth investing some time learning to write, for those occasions where penmanship are still needed - like writing in a greetings card, making a quick shopping list, signing a check. To do this, your son could still practice writing in his own time, under your supervision. You may find my answer to this post helpful in finding ideas to assist him ...

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