How do you teachers deal with pupils w/ dominant hand in cast?

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  1. GardenDove

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    My daughter broke her right wrist/arm today while snowboarding. We still need to have it set, I'll be calling an orthopaedic doc tommorrow. The PA told me she'll probably have her arm in a cast for about 6 weeks.

    What sort of accomodation can we expect? It's going to be very difficult for her to write or use a keyboard. She's in 7th grade.
     
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    I'm so sorry!!!

    After a while, you'll be surprised at how semi-legibly she'll be able to write lefty.
     
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    Some things I have used in the past:
    - photocopy another student's notes and overheads
    - scribe for the student (or have another student do it)
    - reduce the amount of writing, but have her do it lefty--she will get quite adept.

    (I cringed when I read your post. My daughter loves to snowboard, and everytime she goes, I keep waiting for that call that she's broken a wrist)
     
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    I have had students in similar situations... I buddied them up with a neighbor, and had their notes copied for them.
     
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    I broke my finger as a student teacher (don't ask) anyway I broke it in a place where my whole hand was splinted. I got better at writing lefty as I went on but lower case e's were really hard. I got threw it and she will too :)! Hopefully she has an understanding teacher.
     
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    I do the same as those above. They get copies of materials, work left handed, have friends write for them, use the computer (even 1 hand pecking is sometimes better than lefty writing!) I broke my right wrist once and sprained it several more times. I even had to write as a lefty as a teacher. It's hard, but it keeps them involved. When possible I make them multiple choice tests where they simply have circle (or highlight) an answer. Best of luck to her! I hope she gets better quickly!
     
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    All great suggestions!

    I've broken my right hand 5 different times (I'm very accident prone). You get used to using that left hand quiet quickly. Yes it is awkward for a while, but eventually it will become like 2nd nature. To help build up strength in that left hand have her squeeze a stress ball.
     
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    I had a student who broke his arm and had several pins put in this year. Being Kindergarten, we write a lot because we're learning our letters and numbers....But not a lot compared to upper grades! He did the best he could with his left hand and did quite well! I would suggest as the others have to see if she can do her best to take notes (I'd say it's important to make sure she does what she can do to ensure that she is still paying attention), but also get a copy of someone elses in the class who takes good notes.
     
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    I had a student who just automatically did things with his left hand before I could even implement any accommodations.
     
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    We are skiers normally, but my daughters wanted to try snowboarding. She fell on her first run down the bunny hill after her first lesson.

    I'm feeling a little negative about snowboarding at the moment. My girls are quite good skiers.
     
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    I'll call the middle school office today to let the secretary know to contact the teachers. Today she needs to stay home while I try to get an appointment to see the doctor and hopefully get this in a cast ASAP. She was pretty upset at first because she'll miss being in basketball. I emailed her piano teacher and she'll concentrate on the left hand, she said it will actually be good for her playing to do this.
     
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    Lauren plays basketball as well--for school and on a competetive team; she's also the goalkeeper for her soccer team--a cast on the wrist would hamper her severely! Whenever I express my concerns about snowboarding, I hear, "I'm good!" (and she is). What she doesn't seem to realize is that accidents happen to everyone. Hope everything goes okay with getting casted today and that teachers are cooperative.
     
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    Her younger sister is currently raiding her clothes closet while the injured one sleeps.
     
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    This happened just this year - I gave the student a laptop to use - he could only type with his left but he was able to type much better than he could write with his left. I also printed out notes for him. For some assignments, I just had him come up to my desk and give me verbal answers to questions. If I felt like he knew what he was talking about, I would just give him a grade for the assignment.
     
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    That happened to one of my students this semester. I had his study-buddy write her notes on carbon paper so he could have them.
     
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    I had a boy with his dominant hand in a cast earlier this year. I just told him to print with his other hand when the writing was just individual words (think spelling tests) and type everything else. He was able to type without a problem. I just had to deal with sloppy printing for a number of weeks. For notes I just let him take another student's notes to the office for a photocopy.
     
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    Good for you! Let him try to adjust and use left hand, but don't just cave in and not make him keep up....

    When I was in Kinder, I crushed my right arm in an accident and had to have portions of the bone replaced and pins inserted. I was told I would never regain usage of it. I immediately began using my left - and I still can today! Its a great skill. And thankfully, my arm grew again and it is not deformed. I have a hellova scar though!!
     
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    Thanks for all the responses. My other daughter brought home some of her work today and we wrote some of it, she wrote some. Tommorrow is her appointment with the ortho doc, she'll probably get her cast. Then, back to school. Now that the initial trauma is over, she's rather enjoying the novelty, for now.
     

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