Kaia’s Favorite Things AND Dysgraphia Progress

Kaia’s Favorite Things AND Dysgraphia Progress

A few months ago I shared Aybra’s Favorite Things. Since Kaia’s birthday recently passed (ok, a month ago!) I wanted to post his favorite things and a dysgraphia progress update.

Money Themed Birthday Party Candles

According to Kaia, his favorite things are:

Food – Pizza or Hot Dogs or Hamburgers
Color – Red
Name – Kaia or Dan
YouTuber – DanTDM
Fruit – Apple
Vegetable – Broccoli
Number – 10
ToDo – Play Games
TV Show – Outrageous Acts of Science
Toy – Red Spikey Ball / PS3

I asked him if he could make a video about anything what would it be about and he said “About a game or just anything”

I also asked him if he had a million dollars what would he do with it and he said “Buy stuff that I wanted and give $100 to charity and another $100 to homeless people”

I love that he wants to share at least a part of his million dollars with charity and those in need!  In his defense, I don’t think he actually realizes how much 1,000,000 dollars is and how much he could actually give.

For those of you who may not know, Kaia has Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a learning disability that makes it hard for Kaia to form letters properly, use appropriate letter sizing and spacing, and difficulty spelling. He mostly struggles with writing, but recently tested out of Occupational Therapy where he worked diligently on improving his penmanship and ability to form letters properly within boundaries.

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(His writing is the bottom two lines)

We continue to work on handwriting at home and I wanted to share his progress. Notice how his writing is actually within the lines? Previously his sentences would snake down the page. That his letters are contained to one line is HUGE for him! I am proud of him and thankful for the therapists that worked hard helping him get here.

Have you ever heard of dysgraphia?
Until his diagnosis I had never heard of it. I always just thought he had sloppy handwriting. 

What would your video be about?

27 thoughts on “Kaia’s Favorite Things AND Dysgraphia Progress

  1. Sylvia

    Congrats on graduating from OT, Kaia! Your handwriting looks awesome to me! Most kids your age would not even think about sharing their million dollars so kudos to you!! I have heard of dysgraphia, but I didn’t really know what it was. Thanks for sharing your favorite things with us!!

    1. Pam

      I had not really looked into dysgraphia until my son was diagnosed with it! It makes me happy to see other kids with it thriving.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    DanTDM and Stampy are my kids favorites YoyTubers. Remember a few years ago before that was even a thing? LOL.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      I know! I was just thinking when I was his age if I recorded myself playing games and put it on the internet people would think I was crazy. – I guess the same thing is happening now with vlogging.. A lot of people don’t “get it” but in no time I think it is going to explode and become more mainstream – at least I hope so, because I sometimes feel very awkward recording myself in public. ;)

  3. Toughcookiemommy

    Wow, based on your description, it would appear that he has made tremendous progress. I’m so glad that you are such a proactive parent and have gotten him the support services that he needs.

  4. Fariha N.

    My video would probably be about helping to find forever homes for dogs. I am happy that Kaia is making such amazing progress, it’s wonderful to see our kids grow and change.

  5. Liz Mays

    It’s awesome that he’s doing so much better with his writing. I’m so bad at making videos but right now it would have to be about living with the cat.

  6. Jeanine

    I’ll be honest. I’ve never heard of dysgraphia until your blog. I would love to learn more though. It’s really great he’s making progress!

  7. Rosey

    I haven’t heard of it until now. It’s nice to see you working so closely with him. Your example is great too, your writing is nice!

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Don’t feel bad. I didn’t know either until my son was diagnosed with it. There are just so many diagnosable conditions out there it’s hard to keep track of all of them.

  8. Tiffany Hathorn

    When did he receive his dysgraphia diagnosis? Looks like the therapy definitely helped. The clinic they go to is definitely effective. Christian’s speech has developed immensely since he started going.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      It’s been a few years now. He was also diagnosed with Tourette’s at the same time. That is what we were actually trying to get diagnosed. The dysgraphia came as a bonus lol

  9. Traci

    I am new to your youtube channel and i was reading about your son Kaia and him having dsygraphia and that he has trouble writing and spelling,forming letters and spacing…my youngest daughter is in 5th grade and has learning disability and in special ed…she has trouble with reading,writing,spacing of words,her spelling is terrible…when i read that i was like omg that sounds exactly what she does…they have tested her for many things and she recently tested out of occupational therapy,but i don’t know or think they have ever tested her for dysgraphia…does your son hold his pencil way down at the tip when he writes?She does this…i am going to say something to her spec.ed teacher and find out if they have ever tested her for that…i am so glad i found your youtube channel

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Welcome to our life! Glad you found us. Funny enough, I was having him tested for Tourette’s when they found the dysgraphia. Apparently a part of the Tourette’s testing involves writing and once they saw his writing it kind of went from there. He went through a lot of testing at that time, and I can’t recall exactly what they did, but he was tested by a psychiatrist. He holds his pencil normally now, but did have an improper grip prior to working with occupational therapy. He is also tested out of occupational therapy now. While I am glad that he is deemed advanced enough to not need it, I do worry that he may fall behind in those areas again. So far, he seems to be doing ok, but it hasn’t been too long since he tested out.

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