Imagine First, Write Next – Mental Imagery and Handwriting

Since 40% of all school-based referrals to occupational therapy are for handwriting, the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on the effectiveness of mental imagery with repetitive handwriting practice.

Since 40% of all school-based referrals to occupational therapy are for handwriting, the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on the effectiveness of mental imagery with repetitive handwriting practice. Methodogy of the Study on Mental Imagery and Handwriting Practice The participants in the study included 20 typically developing first and second graders with dysfunctional […]

Self Check Handwriting FREE Bookmarks

Do you work with students who need a few extra cues to self check handwriting by themselves? Many students may have some or all of the components for legible handwriting but don't always put all the pieces together.

Do you work with students who need a few extra cues to self check handwriting by themselves? Many students may have some or all of the components for legible handwriting but don’t always put all the pieces together. Components of Legible Handwriting Students can self check their handwriting in the following 5 areas: Letters are […]

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How Can Occupational Therapy Help Students with Dysgraphia?

How can Occupational Therapy Help Students with Dysgraphia? If you are a teacher, parent or an OT, learn how you can help students with dysgraphia.

Are you a teacher who has students with dysgraphia?  Perhaps you are an Occupational Therapist who receives referrals for students with dysgraphia?  Maybe you are a parent wondering how can occupational therapy help students with dysgraphia?  The first steps in helping students who struggle with handwriting When a student shows signs of struggling with handwriting […]

3 Evidence-Based Benefits of Writing By Hand

Have you ever stopped to think about the benefits of writing by hand? Maria Montessori said it best with “what the hand does the mind remembers” (download a FREE copy of this poster for your school at the bottom of the post). Technology has started to take over our lives. Are students and adults losing […]

Importance of Handwriting for Writing

The Journal of Educational Psychology published research on the importance of handwriting for writing. It is important to provide explicit and supplemental handwriting instruction in order to prevent writing difficulties in the primary grades.

Handwriting practice has diminished significantly over the several decades. Recently, more and more research indicates the importance of handwriting skills for literacy, working memory, orthographic processing and more. The Journal of Educational Psychology published research on the importance of handwriting for writing. Handwriting is very different from writing. In general, the act of handwriting involves […]

Kindergarten Teachers Need More Help for Handwriting Instruction

Kindergarten teachers and handwriting instruction - The teachers need more support in the area of handwriting instruction in the kindergarten classroom.

Do you get frustrated when you see young children have poor letter formation?  Does it bother you when teachers don’t take the time for handwriting instruction?  New research indicates that kindergarten teachers need more help for handwriting instruction.  They would agree that they need more support in the area of handwriting. Methodology of the Study […]

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Unicorn Fine Motor Activity

Are you looking for a cute, unicorn fine motor activity that is free? Well, look no further! This freebie includes the Color, Cut and Glue Unicorn Fine Motor Activity. You can download it at the bottom of the post.

Are you looking for a cute, unicorn fine motor activity that is free?  Well, look no further!  This freebie includes the Color, Cut and Glue Unicorn Fine Motor Activity.  You can download it at the bottom of the post. How to Complete the Unicorn Activity For preparation, all you have to do is print the […]

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School-Related Fine Motor Skills – Understanding the Components

School-Related Fine Motor Skills - Understanding the Components

When you search the internet, scour social media and review your textbooks, there are thousands of fine motor activities available to improve children’s fine motor skills.  It can become completely overwhelming just to decide what activity to choose to help a specific child.   It is important to understand the components of school-related fine motor skills.  Just […]

If Handwriting is Becoming Obsolete Why Do We Care?

If handwriting is becoming obsolete why do we care? We need to stop and ask, “why the frustration”? “what is stopping him/her from being able to do something that seems to us now, so automatic?

“Computer technology is going to replace handwriting”, we hear it all the time. Yet our children in school have to write and when they do they are often frustrated and resistive.    If handwriting is becoming obsolete why do we care? We need to stop and ask, “why the frustration”? “what is stopping him/her from being […]

Handwriting Legibility in Children

Even in this digital era, handwriting continues to be an important skill for children to master. When a student's handwriting is not legible, it can be a struggle for the student and the teacher. Pediatric Occupational Therapists, parents, and teachers can encourage handwriting practice, but sometimes it is hard to quantify whether the student is progressing. Therefore, the question is how do you measure handwriting legibility in children?

Even in this digital era, handwriting continues to be an important skill for children to master.  When a student’s handwriting is not legible, it can be a struggle for the student and the teacher.  Pediatric Occupational Therapists, parents, and teachers can encourage handwriting practice, but sometimes it is hard to quantify whether the student is […]