Max has been writing his name for nearly a year now. Because he's been doing so well with the iPad and speech app, there hasn't seemed to be a strong focus at school on writing letters. At home, either, to be honest. But at his recent parent-teacher conference, we all agreed to get Max going on writing more.
Right now, we're working on the letter "L." For inspiration, I showed Max that Ernie and Bert La La La ode and he found it very amusing. Only now I can't get "la la la la...linoleum" out of my head.
The best writing instrument for Max is a pencil encased in foam tubing. His school OT recommends short, stubby pencils (unlike this one). I kept meaning to buy some until I stopped by IKEA on Sunday and there was an entire bin filled with little pencils for filling out shopping slips and it was like I was destined to go to IKEA and find them and I may or may not have grabbed a handful and shoved them into my purse. Hopefully, I will not have to flush them down the toilet if law officers show up at my house. Although I may or may not have grabbed them.
As you can see, Max refuses to fully wrap his fingers around the pencil—he likes to knuckle it. Not ideal, and I'm hoping we can break him out of that. But, wow, is he determined—and doing so well. And yes, he is seriously proud of himself, as he should be; this doesn't come easy for him. Rounded letters like "b" and "p" will be a lot more challenging, as they are for him in speech. But if I know anything, Max will figure out a way.