I experienced a bit of an epiphany the other day regarding Anna's handwriting. She is left-handed, which adds awkwardness to the positioning of her arm. When working with her a few weeks ago, I realized that something was not quite right about how she was holding her arm and hand but in the chaos of early evening, I couldn't place my finger on it.
Earlier this week, I was working at my cluttered desk and reached over a stack of folders and papers to scribble down a number and note on a pad of paper. It's hard to write neatly when my arm is up in the air like this. IT'S HARD TO WRITE NEATLY WHEN MY ARM IS UP IN THE AIR LIKE THIS.
I wanted to rush home to sit down with Anna and help her position her arm with the hopes that she would be able to write easier. Unfortunately, it took a few days before she would work with me. When I first mentioned it to her, she flat out said, "No." No explanation. Just a simple no. She finally told me that she didn't want to try because she couldn't do it. I told her that she could do anything she put her mind to.
The worksheets from her OT at school have three rows of blocks. In the first row, her name is written and she needs to trace it. In the next two rows, she fills in the blocks herself but, of course, she can refer to the first row. After she successfully completed one worksheet, I placed a blank piece of paper in front of her and removed the worksheet from school. I wanted her to think about what she was doing and not copy and not have any help from me.
This is what happened...
She's proud of herself and I'm so very proud of her!!