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I am a below knee amputee. More importantly, I am also Mommy to two boys, a very active 10 year old (Robby) and an mischievous toddler (Timmy). I have learned that being a parent with a disability can create some unusual and sometimes humorous situations. This blogger is available for hire! Let's talk and learn how a blog can expand your business.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Below the Boundary

Each afternoon as I walk into Robby's classroom to pick him up, I find myself taking a deep breath and hesitantly peeking towards his cubby. A worksheet taped to the outside of his little box indicates homework. I've come to think of them as worksheets of doom. Inevitably, unfinished worksheets always translate into a cantankerous exchange involving handwriting or reading.

Robby is forthright when it comes to his "number one enemy" being handwriting. He hates every aspect, from holding the pencil to trying to form his letters. He would prefer to do everything on a keyboard. Unfortunately for him, we do not yet live in a completely wired world, and he must learn how to write!

Between proper letter formation and deciphering sounds, reading and writing is a weak area for Robby. For a little boy who strives for perfection, struggling is novel and frustrating. Yesterday he reached his breaking point, sobbing in front of his teacher and me before school. He explained that he was "just plain stupid" because his letters are wrong and he can't spell. Knowing that your child feels like a failure is a horrible feeling!

His handwriting is the easier of the two issues to address.  Considering his age, I think that his handwriting is pretty good. We would not have an issue except that he refuses to make letters below the line (such as the lower case p, y and g). He complains that taking the letter below the line is silly because the line is a boundary. "Why is there a boundary if we are just going to cross it with random letters?" Instead, he insists on writing these letters (with correct formation) extremely small  between the lines. I have no doubt that I will win the Battle of the Boundary and that he will make these letters correctly.

Unfortunately, the spelling and reading issue will not be nearly as easy to address because Robby's difficulty with spelling stems from his hearing. He is unable to accurately hear and decipher everything he hears. To him, there is no difference between the short a,e and i sounds. Until his hearing issue is rectified, he is going to have to rely upon his memory for spelling.

Thankfully, Robby has a wonderful teacher. She has offered to stay after school to work with him privately. I'm sure between the two of us teaming together to help him, Robby will regain confidence in his abilities. In the meantime I am just trying to reassure him that he is smart and build on his successes.  It's so hard seeing him frustrated!

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