As for handwriting, I suspected that it would be slower progress from the start and am not at all surprised that it is so much more difficult for him. However, I will say that the difference in his handwriting is beyond amazing and even at this point it is a significant improvement.
Yesterday, he came home with a homework assignment to hand write a 5 paragraph report on a book they read in class. I was blown away by so many things - (1) he didn't complain about writing once and actually preferred to hand write it than type it, (2) he wrote it quickly and legibly, checking to make sure he wrote letters properly and erasing when necessary, (3) he spaced the letters, words, and lines better than I have ever seen him do, (4) he had written in his graphic organizer and was able to neatly fit his thoughts in the space which used to be impossible for him, and most importantly (5) he wrote his ideas down and never tried to shorten the words/sentences/paragraphs because it was too much to write.
What would have been a personal nightmare for both Tanner and I was a fun, easy, homework assignment. So, despite the handwriting taking longer than anticipated, he has already benefitted tremendously from all of the work there. It really has made a meaningful difference for all of us!