Need Recommendation for Handwriting Tutor for Kindergartener

My son is weak in fine and gross motor skills, and we need help to teach him handwriting as he's falling behind in school. 

Does anyone know of a tutor willing to come to your house and help with handwriting?  We live in Glenview.

Thank you!

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Before you go down the tutoring route, I'd get your child assessed for dyslexia/dysgraphia. If your son does have these neuro-differences, he will need specialized therapy rather than handwriting help.

Hi. Sorry your son is having trouble with writing. Here are my thoughts. Since you mentioned that he's having trouble with gross and fine motor, handwriting will be impacted. You can assist by helping him be active, climbing, getting stronger. As he builds his core, posture, shoulder strength, the hands should benefit. I believe there's a gym called Rock The Spectrum that has indoor motor activities for kids. You can also check into occupational therapy for him.

Just so you know, handwriting doesn't exceed the level of reading. So if is a new reader, his writing should be along the same lines. You might want to try a program called Handwriting Without Tears. I took the training and used it with my daughter and it was great. It helps you know which letters to teach first, groups them with similar strokes, and has physical guides to help the kids - not "copy this" worksheets at all. 

Good luck with it. 

I don't know anyone who will go to your house for this, but  definitely check in with your pediatrician about a possible referral to an Occupational Therapist for evaluation.   And of course check with your insurance about co-pays, etc. before you move forward   My kid has dyslexia and dysgraphia.   One thing that really tipped us off was the great difficulty in getting him to put crayon/marker/pen/pencil/etc to paper at all - no matter how available and attractive the writing/drawing materials were, there was active resistance to it.  It turns out  he needed occupational therapy to make it happen!   I was surprised because his coordination and dexterity with small lego pieces and such was just fine.   The OT at Herrick 10 sessions with him.  Each session started out with a few minutes of hand exercises, then writing practice using  "Handwriting Without Tears" workbook.  

Some of the tips we learned from Occupational Therapy that might be helpful to others:  

Before school,  play bounce-catch with a soft rubber ball, which warms up the hands for writing. We found a 'pinky' rubber ball worked great, as did a foam rubber sponge ball.  A tennis ball works fine, but is not quite as fun.  For over a year my husband always kept a small bouncy ball (like from a gumball machine) in his pocket and would bounce-catch with my son and other kids at school drop-off and other random moments, and no one ever knew it was a hand exercise.  It was just fun.  Another hand/finger exercise with the ball is to hold the ball to one ankle.  Use the hand to roll the ball all the way up to the chest, then across the front of your body, then down to the other ankle.  Then do the same with the other hand.   

Another thing that helped was pencil weights and raised-line writing paper.   Adding weight to the pencil was kind of magical.   You can buy pencil weights online or just take your #2 pencil to Ace Hardware and buy some nuts that fit on it (hold weights in place with a rubber band above and below).   Raised Line paper provides additional sensory input as you can feel the lines on the paper in addition to seeing them.  Google it or check out