Belle has a hard time with the lined paper intended to teach children handwriting. The center (dotted) line really tends to throw her off. Not only does it take her a long time to write using this paper... it is exacerbating her already not so good time management skills and is a major source of frustration. What is surprising is if you give her paper that is smaller rule without that center line, her writing improves drastically both in legibility and the time it takes for her to write the word.
In the beginning Belle was reading books right to left instead of left to right. She also at times skips words or lines when there is a block of text. This didn't totally surprise me and with accommodations she is addressing it. It helps if she uses her finger, cards, and filters to keep her place.
Belle is tipping her head and positioning her body a lot in class in such a way that she appears to be really favoring her right (good eye). This makes me very nervous that at our next eye doctor visit (Only a week away). I'll remain hopeful.
But the one that caught me by surprise was when she shared that she has observed my daughter Toe Walking, on a rather frequent basis. Her older brother having Autism, it would be expected that she may mimic some of his behaviors. Toe Walking often goes hand in hand with Autism so her teacher thought it could be something she picked up from big bro. I wish it could be that simple. But, her brother doesn't toe walk and never has. I've spent the afternoon racking my brain about the toe walking. I can't say I have ever noticed my daughter doing this. Not that she doesn't, but that I've not ever noticed. This is something that we will discuss with an Occupational Therapist and some testing/eval, at the eye dr. next week, and with her pediatrician. I want to get some answers.
And so I'm left wondering -
- Is this related to her eyes?
- Is this something she picked up from another child?
- Is she trying to be taller?
- Is this sports/muscle related? (she skates & dances)
- Or is it something else?
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