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08 Feb 2013, 11:54 am

Curious... Does anyone else seem to face a big challenge learning to draw well due to what could be described as "fine motor issues", commonly associated with AS?

I've always wanted to get good at drawing, but never quite had the fine-grained motor coordination to get there. Concentric shapes, straight lines, etc etc... Simple stuff that doesn't seem to work for me even with instruction and plenty of trying.

Yet I seem to have the coordination to type really fast, ride bicycles, even got good at playing the clarinet when I was younger.



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08 Feb 2013, 12:42 pm

In my experience I had never trouble with fine motor skills. I had however trouble tying my shoelaces. I had been drawing since preschool. My first drawings were not so good. But, because I spend 100s of hours drawing I developed what was later called by some talent.
My writing still looks terrifying. I usually draw my writing.



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08 Feb 2013, 2:00 pm

I've had issues learning to draw and write because of my ataxic CP, but now I do both okayish.


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08 Feb 2013, 2:04 pm

For as long as I can remember I've loved drawing cartoons and making crafts. I was told I was very talented and would be a real artist when I grew up. I'm also quite good at writing and my handwriting is pretty readable "for a lefty", according to ONE right-hander. :? But I didn't learn to tie my shoelaces until I was around 9, had trouble telling time and knowing left from right. I used to get confused because people would show me how to tie laces from their perspective and not mine so everything was reversed, my parents would tell me it was a quarter to something and I didn't know a quarter was the same as fifteen minutes, or half-past something instead of the usual something-thirty when they started making digital clocks, and I didn't know that my right or left looked like the opposite to someone else's left or right. And as for my gross motor skills they were pretty gross, no pun intended. When I was still a little kid in school this lady tested me by seeing how well I caught a ball (it depends on if I don't think the thrower is trying to hit me right in the face!) or walked a straight line or even played hopscotch. When I'm out walking I sometimes worry bystanders will think I'm drunk if I stumble or trip over practically nothing, and I don't even drink alcohol. :oops:



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08 Feb 2013, 4:03 pm

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For as long as I can remember I've loved drawing cartoons and making crafts. I was told I was very talented and would be a real artist when I grew up. I'm also quite good at writing and my handwriting is pretty readable "for a lefty", according to ONE right-hander. :? But I didn't learn to tie my shoelaces until I was around 9, had trouble telling time and knowing left from right. I used to get confused because people would show me how to tie laces from their perspective and not mine so everything was reversed, my parents would tell me it was a quarter to something and I didn't know a quarter was the same as fifteen minutes, or half-past something instead of the usual something-thirty when they started making digital clocks, and I didn't know that my right or left looked like the opposite to someone else's left or right. And as for my gross motor skills they were pretty gross, no pun intended. When I was still a little kid in school this lady tested me by seeing how well I caught a ball (it depends on if I don't think the thrower is trying to hit me right in the face!) or walked a straight line or even played hopscotch. When I'm out walking I sometimes worry bystanders will think I'm drunk if I stumble or trip over practically nothing, and I don't even drink alcohol. :oops:


This is exactly the same stuff I had to deal with. Even few days ago a little girl pointed a finger at me and said. Look mom its a drunk man.

I actually use letter K to see where is right and left. Flat part is left and the two ends are right. That is how I remember left and right in the start.



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08 Feb 2013, 7:53 pm

I have had almost no issues with my motor skills in general. I'm decently coordinated, and I draw a lot ( and I mean a LOT).


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08 Feb 2013, 9:25 pm

I haven't had any problems learning to draw, but that may only be due to lots and lots of practice. My handwriting is awful.



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09 Feb 2013, 10:26 pm

Drawing is great, always has been maybe from lots of early sketching due to having no friends, free hand stright lines and handwriteing very bad, I always used thick pens in school, My fingers work mostly great however my palm must be supported/rest on the paper. My forearm, elbow and sholder have horrable co-ordanation and I lack overall strengh in all parts.

Also I require very thick necked guitars though for the same reasons (min. 1 inch perfer 1 1/4 inch, most in store are cut back to about 3/4" give or take) or that matter or the same reason or my hand gets sore, tired and generally does not work right with complex chords.



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10 Feb 2013, 12:27 am

My handwriting and drawing is awful.


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14 Feb 2013, 6:33 am

What sane person thinks kickball or dodgeball is a good physical educational activity for children? I was the worst at these. No greater torture.

Ditto this...

lostonearth35 wrote:
For as long as I can remember I've loved drawing cartoons and making crafts. I was told I was very talented and would be a real artist when I grew up. I'm also quite good at writing and my handwriting is pretty readable "for a lefty", according to ONE right-hander. :? But I didn't learn to tie my shoelaces until I was around 9, had trouble telling time and knowing left from right. I used to get confused because people would show me how to tie laces from their perspective and not mine so everything was reversed, my parents would tell me it was a quarter to something and I didn't know a quarter was the same as fifteen minutes, or half-past something instead of the usual something-thirty when they started making digital clocks, and I didn't know that my right or left looked like the opposite to someone else's left or right. And as for my gross motor skills they were pretty gross, no pun intended. When I was still a little kid in school this lady tested me by seeing how well I caught a ball (it depends on if I don't think the thrower is trying to hit me right in the face!) or walked a straight line or even played hopscotch. When I'm out walking I sometimes worry bystanders will think I'm drunk if I stumble or trip over practically nothing, and I don't even drink alcohol. :oops:



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15 Feb 2013, 1:26 pm

Hermes9 wrote:
Curious... Does anyone else seem to face a big challenge learning to draw well due to what could be described as "fine motor issues", commonly associated with AS?

I've always wanted to get good at drawing, but never quite had the fine-grained motor coordination to get there. Concentric shapes, straight lines, etc etc... Simple stuff that doesn't seem to work for me even with instruction and plenty of trying.

Yet I seem to have the coordination to type really fast, ride bicycles, even got good at playing the clarinet when I was younger.


Oh yeah, big time. I could never even really stay between the lines when coloring, especially when I was very young. To this day my handwriting and printing are awful - when I really slow down and take my time my printing is ok but my handwriting is bad no matter how slow I go. When I need to sign my name I pretty much just give up and scribble it. In school I always typed anything that I could since I was a fast typist and my writing sucked so bad. By the time I got to college almost anything could be turned in typed. Then one of the last classes I had to take to graduate, I went to the first day of class and the professor said he would only accept hand-written materials. I nearly died of anxiety and dropped the class to wait for the following semester because he was the only professor I could get that semester. Next semester same thing - the only professor I could get was the same one. Yikes! I finally lucked out the 3rd semester and got someone else who allowed typed assignments.

And as for drawing, its the worst for me. I just can't seem to get what I'm envisioning on to the paper. Some really good artistic people I've known could draw reasonably straight lines by hand - I've even seen a few people who could draw circles by hand that looked almost like they used a compass. But for me my circles are always lopsided and my lines don't stay straight at all.

Even things like video games, I always was never as good at them as other people, really unsettling since I as always the computer geek among my friends so it sucked to be so bad at video games.



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15 Feb 2013, 7:03 pm

Hermes9 wrote:
Curious... Does anyone else seem to face a big challenge learning to draw well due to what could be described as "fine motor issues", commonly associated with AS?

I've always wanted to get good at drawing, but never quite had the fine-grained motor coordination to get there. Concentric shapes, straight lines, etc etc... Simple stuff that doesn't seem to work for me even with instruction and plenty of trying.

Yet I seem to have the coordination to type really fast, ride bicycles, even got good at playing the clarinet when I was younger.


I'm an artist, and an aspie. Here is some news that most people don't know. Drawing has nothing to do with motor coordination. It has to do with perception. People can paint with their teeth. It doesn't matter. If you want to draw a straight line, get a ruler. But straight lines don't often make for interesting art (there are exceptions). I learned to draw from the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain".