Handwriting is also very complex task. Even in the earliest stages of learning how to form letters, numbers, and shapes, a child must watch and listen to the demonstration- and process the information- in order to replicate a “finished product.” Analysis of a child’s handwriting can provide clues to developmental problems that potentially hinder classroom learning, as teachers depend on written work in order to measure how well a child is learning. An occupational therapist will look at the following components of handwriting:
- Demonstration of correct grasp of a pencil
- Spatial concepts (spacing; sizing; orientation to line)
- Maintaining posture (core strength and upper extremity stabilization)
- Copy of letters/words (near-copy from another piece of paper / far-copy from the chalkboard)
- Letter formation
- Utilization of appropriate pressure- prevent fatigue
We can help!
- 45-minute classes that are interactive and fun
- Small-group instruction
- Sensory motor warm-up and preparation in each class
- Written breakdown of session- to keep you in the loop!
- Improve legibility, efficiency and spatial concepts
- Compensatory methods for handwriting difficulties
- Increase your understanding of why your child (the student) is struggling with handwriting
- Classes are led by a licensed and certified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant
- Based on Handwriting Without Tears curriculum by Jan Z. Olesen.