kids who can't write

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  1. mrsnoble116

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    I have a 7 year old with Down's who has been in OT for about 6.5 years. He still cannot write. Coloring is difficult also. He does not stay in the lines, understand how to stay in a shape or color lightly.

    He does not have the pencil grasp or strength to write anything.

    We did a spelling test today and he got 100%. My para showed him choices, said the word, and he pointed to the word.

    What other ways can I assess him or get him to do work that would otherwise be writing? I asked his parents to start him typing. Any recommendations on apps or a typing program? Any other ideas?
     
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    What ideas has your OT suggested? What types of assistive technology is available? It sounds like this student may need an assistive technology device. If the student is verbal, scribing is always an option, albeit a time- and resource (para)-consuming one.
     
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    Typing would be good. I don't know of any good learn-to-type software, as I was taught to learn how to touch type in seventh grade (2002) on computers that were from 1992. So yeah...

    If the keys on a regular keyboard are too difficult for him to manipulate, a keyboard with large keys - like one for a visually impaired student - may be useful.
     
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    he is verbal with one word per question or prompt...potty, yes, no, my name, he is in the morning routine with greeting and says "Good Morning Bob"

    I will ask OT next time she comes. Thanks
     
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    Thanks, I'll contact AT and see if I can get one.
     

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