Handwriting difficulty can be caused by poor fine motor skills, sensory difficulty or a learning disability such as dyslexia or dysgraphia. Here are a few suggestions for helping those children.
Strengthen hand muscles
• Touch the thumb of each hand to each finger in turn, index finger to pinkie, and back.
• Touch the tip of each finger in progression to the palm. The thumb is the easiest.
• Open and close a tight fist.
• Do chair hand pushups by sitting on a chair with your palms on the chair fingers forward then pushing down lifting the body slightly.
• Play with clay to strengthen the hand muscles.
• Punch holes with a hand held hole-puncher.
Practice hand-eye coordination
• Play with Lagos, fitting the blocks together.
• Color inside the lines in coloring books.
• Draw a line from the entrance to the center of a paper maze
• Fill-in missing sections of pictures following dotted lines and later with no lines.
One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching. Children with autism will have symptoms from a very young age, beginning before the age of three. Some children with an ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. Other children appear to develop normally until 18–24 months, then either stop gaining new skills or lose some they’ve already developed. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically.
AutismSpeaks.org and MyAutism.org identifies the following "red flags" that may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking for an evaluation:
· Avoidance of eye contact
· No response to name by 12 months