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Apraxia Monday: (Hand) Writing with CAS, Part II

By Leslie Lindsay Welcome back for part II of learning to write with CAS.  Last “Apraxia Monday,” we discussed ways in which writing can be a challenge for kids with CAS (abstract concept, concentration/attention skills) and some tips that we as parents and educators can help those kiddos master the fine art of handwriting (large arm movements, gross motor exercises to get the arms a’movin’).  Today, we’ll jump into the nitty-gritty.  Most kids learn to print their first name first.  You can start by encouraging your child to begin with a capital letter and then use lowerp-case letters for the rest of his name.  Pretty basic, I know but you’d be surprised how many folks teach their children to write in all capitals first.  (Once your child enters kindergarten, the teacher will insist on lower-case, which can be very confusing for children).  However, if you are familiar with the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program, you’ll see that capital letters are all introduced first.  That’s because they are easier to master (they are composed of more …