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Fine Motor and Alphabet Help for Son with Immune Deficiency

by Tammy
(McKinney Texas )

Tammy asks:

I have a son with an immune deficiency. He has an extremely high susceptibility to infections, and we've been told by his doctor that he can't attend preschool. My son loves to learn except when it comes to letters, and, he can't hold a pencil/crayon properly.

I'm eager to help him, but I need a simple daily plan. I have ADHD and when I go online I get overwhelmed.

Anyway, he needs consistency and I just want to stick with one progression of skills that would be predictable for us.

Do you have any ideas? I'm not expecting him to do anything perfectly, but there is a concern academically. My daughter was coloring and doing many fine-motor skills at this age.

Thank you,

Miss Cheryl says:

Tammy and I chatted more via email. She shared that her son does not have any diagnosed delays. The issue is more what he will be exposed to in a group setting right now. Also, he is on medication for the immune deficiency.

My own experience with children on these meds is that it does impact their focus, especially if they are steroids.

Tammy and I discussed developmental skills and milestones and differences between children as well as boy vs girl development.

Many boys develop their fine motor skills later than girls. Partially due to development and partially due to interests.

The best way to develop those skills is to provide activities that draw him in and therefore develop his skills.

Playdough, cutting playdough with scissors, building with small blocks and the like will help.

Also, cutting paper with no set outcome is great practice for these muscles. Just let him cut, cut, cut colored paper. Then, provide a small glue bottle and paper. Let him squeeze the glue out (another hand muscle activity) onto paper and then place his cut papers on as a collage.

As for alphabet skills, work on having a print rich environment. In his playroom, hang pictures that have words on them.

Provide paper and crayons for him to label items (no, he won't be spelling! He may just "scribble" oon paper and tell you that it says his name! Scribbling is one of the first steps in pre-writing!

If he likes playdough, provide paper with letters printed on them. Laminate them or just put them in a clear report cover jacket to keep them from being ruined.

He can then roll the playdough out into "snake" shapes and cover the letter. It is a very hands-on way to provide letter awareness and recognition.

I'm sure there are teachers and parents here with similar experiences who can add their ideas to this page!

I hope this helps!

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