When I ask a parent to describe their concerns regarding their child’s handwriting, I usually hear one of the following responses:
“You can’t really read it.”
“It doesn’t look as good as his peers.”
While that’s all well and vague, it’s up to me to determine not only what’s wrong with their child’s handwriting, but also what’s fixable. So here is my process…
Step 1: Gather the data.
I don’t even start off by asking a child to write. I first look at underlying skills related to handwriting. This usually includes clinical observations of motor skills, stability of supporting joints, pencil grasp, hand strength, etc. You have to look at the foundation before you can fully address anything else.
Standardized testing typically starts with The Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration (AKA the Beery VMI).
I like this test because it is broken down into three…
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When you break down the steps, this simple life skill becomes easier.
I have used this technique to teach so many kids how to tie their shoes. I teach shoe tying by breaking down the processes into steps. I teach a few steps at a time and then its “my turn” to finish.
For example, teach them the first few steps in crossing the laces over each other and then pushing the “Snake” into the hole. “Hand in the lap” is a way to get the kids to see each step. Once one set of steps is mastered, I have the kids move to the next natural break in the processes. I always teach this skill with the shoe off the foot before I teach it on the foot.
Most kids do not have the hand and sequencing skills to tie their shoes until kindergarten. This is a teachable skill but it is…
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Printed out another game that my child can do independently. I also put my laminator to good use for this activity! This game is perfect for skills such as sorting, categorizing, and receptive language. Thank you, pinterest!
Haven’t updated in a while! But I have been busy since I’ve started working with another family. I still haven’t heard back from schools.. I am hoping that no news is good news for now. Keeping my fingers crossed!
I just wanted to post the acorn math activity I made for one of the kids I work with. I hope this works. We’ll see about that tomorrow!
We run the Fine Motor group twice a week in Jeannie’s classroom and each time we go to our sensory room before beginning the group. In the sensory room our students are able to engage in a variety of movement activities to help build body awareness, strength and endurance. As students engage in the activities it also allows for choice making and language opportunities.
painted for us. We also have a crash pit—great for
proprioceptive and vestibular input. There are also
two swing mounts which we can hook up our
is a very popular piece of equipment. The combination
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I finally finished completing the entire OTCAS application for 5 schools a few days ago. What a relief! I just have a few more supplemental applications to submit, but now it’s just the waiting game (again!), haha.
I know so much more now than when I had applied two years ago. Since the most overwhelming part is over, I can focus on work and things I really want to do!
I’m so excited for this year. Hopefully I get interviews by September. Fingers crossed, my friends!