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My DS is in first grade. He has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but does very well in school so we have no accommodations in place for the anxiety. He's sort of a model student as far as behavior, which is actually part of the anxiety since the thought of dissapointing his teacher is enough to make him physically sick :( (He is in therapy for that though). Anyway, he also receives occupational therapy twice a week. He has some difficulty with his fine motor skills. All writing, drawing, coloring, and cutting activities are extremely difficult for him. I work with him as much as I can, but his fine motor skills are just developing slowly.
So here's why I'm frustrated: Everyday part of his school day is to write sentences in his planner for the next day. This apparently takes him a very long time. He says that he's trying his hardest, and he just can't go any faster. Well, immediately following this writing time is his snack time. I send a snack for him to eat everyday. Twice this week, he has had to go without snack because he can't finish writing on time. One other day he missed recess. I get that he needs to finish his work, I really do. I wouldn't even mind if he has to finish it at home. I just don't think he should have to miss snack for it...it's not his fault. He really can't physically do this as quickly as his peers. The first time he missed his snack I spoke to his teacher. She told me she didn't know he had missed snack (this isn't true...DS told her), but she said it wouldn't happen again so I let it go. Now today he came home again with his whole snack. He hates school so much this year. I don't know what to do for him. He's a very smart kid. He can spell almost any word, he can read very very well. His math skills are amazing. He just can't do all of the fine motor stuff yet. I feel like he's being punished for something he can't help. Any advice?