Having a child with SPD comes with its little quirks, smiles and setbacks. One of the setbacks that we have with our child is his fine motor skills. One of the areas that I am trying to help him with is his writing. While his handwriting is better than some adults and legible, its still not what the school system expects. He mixes uppercase and lowercase, his letters are usually too large or too small, and the spacing between words and letters is usually one extreme or the other: to close or spread way to far apart.
To help him improve his writing, his OT suggested that I color the lines on the lined writing paper so that his eyes can see the top and bottom of the writing space better. I was doing this for him but I myself can’t draw a straight line so I’m not sure that my
scribbles lines were helping him much. Oh…and this is time consuming. Sure it might not take more than a couple minutes but when you have an SPD kiddo that is willing to practice his writing, those couple minutes can seem like a lifetime. I know I could have done this ahead of time and had them ready but chances are good the dog would’ve chewed it up or his little sister would’ve colored all over the papers I had ready.
There was also another problem that I had with this paper. He seemed to think that each line was the perfect size for one word. Look at that line. It is one long line. I kept trying to work with him on spacing on the line but it just wasn’t working.
I wanted something that offered a better visual for him to see where is letters should begin and end on the lines, that gave him an idea of how much space he needed for a word, and would allow him to look at examples written on the right hand side of the paper because he is a lefty. Since I love to create stuff like this, I created this free writing printable that I want to share with you.
If your child is first learning to write or has problems with his writing skills, my son and I have found this writing worksheet with colored lines has helped him with his handwriting. You can also get them a fun pen or pencil that they are comfortable writing with. My son loves the squiggly pens.
This post is part of a blog hop series hosted by The Sensory Spectrum. Make sure to read some of the other blog posts from parents and individuals that are familiar with sensory processing differences.