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Need tips to help seven year old daughter with handwriting and attentiveness.

"I have three children, a 17 year step daughter, a 13 year old daughter and a 7 year old who is now in second grade. I need some tips on how to get her attention. My other two children are at the top of their class in all subjects but the seven year old is having problems with handwriting and just attentiveness. Thank You"

Asked by Brock after reading the article, "What to Expect in 2nd Grade": http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Secon...
In Topics: Back to school, Helping my child with writing, Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi Brock,

Sorry to hear that your seven year old is struggling with attentiveness and handwriting. Have you talked with her pediatrician about your concerns, to see if she may be suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder or another physical challenge impacting her success in school?

In addition to seeking professional counsel on the observations you've made about her attentiveness, you might consider trying to make learning more fun for her. Education.com has a variety of writing activities you could explore with her: http://www.education.com/activity/first-grade/writing/

I'm also including a link to an info center on Education.com that may offer you some additional insights for helping your daughter improve at her studies.

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lynellen
lynellen writes:
Handwriting is so complex and requires alot of attention.  Its not unusual to see both issues with a child.  Does she have difficulty attending if handwriting is not involved?  If its a bad case of the "wiggles" you might try a sit and move cushion from www.theraproducts.com.  It helps a child move without getting up from her chair.
The following have to be integrated for good handwriting:  motor skills, good visual acquity and tracking, sensory awareness, good thought organization, good language skills and several more.  To help you figure out which area may be affecting your daughter's handwriting, you may want to talk with her teacher first and then the counselor or occupational therapist at your school.  There are Ten Handwriting Questions which discuss these skills and may help you as well at www.lynslines.wordpress.com.
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