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Scribbling with a crayon (or mother’s lipstick) is the beginning of handwriting. For many children with developmental disabilities or delays, handwriting may a difficult, or even impossible, skill. But there are many strategies and accommodations to help!

Many kids can write easier with big, fat crayons, pencils, markers, or paintbrushes—they’re easier to grab, easier to use, and easier to see. An alternative for some children may be the use of standard-sized writing tools with a “finger helper” to enlarge the grip area.

Finger painting may be a helpful prewriting activity. This can be done with traditional finger paints or you can squirt a big blob of shaving cream on a tray and let a kid smooth it, draw in it, or make mounds of it!In elementary school art class, my son, Benjamin, was provided with fat paint brushes, but he was really more comfortable finger painting. With the kind assistance of his art teacher, art projects... Click here to continue.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Section 300.552 Placements (e) states: “A child with a disability is not removed from education in age-appropriate regular classes solely because of needed modifications in the general curriculum.” So, under the law, a student should not be denied placement in a regular ed classroom just because she needs curriculum modifications. This is one in a series of articles about curriculum modifications.

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