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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 […]

FREE Dinosaur Handwriting Practice Page

Did you know that research indicates that handwriting interventions without at least 20 minutes of handwriting practice are ineffective? Handwriting practice can become boring and a challenge to engage students. Here is a FREE dinosaur handwriting practice page to help motivate those dinosaur loving students.

Did you know that research indicates that handwriting interventions without at least 20 minutes of handwriting practice are ineffective?  Students need to actually practice the skill of handwriting and not for short periods of time.  And, let’s face it – it can become boring and a challenge to engage students to practice handwriting especially if it is […]

Evidence Based Benefits of Finger Writing

Most pediatric Occupational Therapists and teachers know the benefits of multisensory learning to help with cognition. Reading and Writing recently published an article specifically on the evidence-based benefits of finger writing with children.

Most pediatric Occupational Therapists and teachers know the benefits of multisensory learning to help with cognition.  Reading and Writing recently published an article specifically on the evidence-based benefits of finger writing with children. Methodology of the Study on the Evidence-Based Benefits of Finger Writing The researchers wanted to determine the effectiveness of a finger-writing intervention on […]

DIY Summer Bucket List Handwriting Freebie

Encourage children to enjoy all that summer has to offer and create a DIY summer bucket list.  A bucket list should include all the activities, games, crafts, etc. that the child would like to complete this summer.  There are no right or wrong answers.  Not only will this activity be fun, it will sneak in handwriting practice.  Children will be motivated to create a list of all the exciting things they would like to accomplish with this DIY summer bucket list handwriting freebie

DIY Summer Bucket List Handwriting Freebie It is hard to believe that summer is finally here!  Encourage children to enjoy all that summer has to offer and create a DIY summer bucket list.  A bucket list should include all the activities, games, crafts, etc. that the child would like to complete this summer.  There are […]

Curriculum-Based Handwriting Programs – What Does the Research Say?

Curriculum-Based Handwriting Programs - What Does the Research Say?

Curriculum-Based Handwriting Programs – What Does the Research Say? The American Journal Of Occupational Therapy recently published a systemic review of curriculum-based handwriting programs for students in preschool through second grade.  Challenges with handwriting in school can have a negative impact on academic performance, Occupational therapy practitioners frequently help students improve handwriting legibility, speed, and […]

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Multisensory Alphabet Freebie

Multisensory Alphabet Freebie

Multisensory Alphabet Freebie Teaching children to learn all the letters of the alphabet is not an easy task.  Research indicates that children need visual, auditory, oral and kinesthetic input to achieve letter recognition. This multisensory alphabet freebie provides all of that input on one NO PREP activity sheet (download at the bottom of the post).  Just […]

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Handwriting, Working Memory, and ADHD

Handwriting, Working Memory, and ADHD

Handwriting, Working Memory, and ADHD Handwriting is an important skill for written expression in school and at work.  Many times children with ADHD may display difficulties with legibility and speed of handwriting during school activities.  Recent research examined handwriting, working memory, and ADHD in 16 fourth and fifth-grade children compared to age-matched control children.  Each […]

Handwriting and Literacy

Handwriting and Literacy

Handwriting and Literacy Did you know that research has indicated that perceptual and motor systems become linked only when individuals learn through self-generated actions?  Basically, we learn more by doing an activity ourselves versus watching someone else complete the same exact activity.  Babies and little ones learn coordination, visual-spatial skills, and motor skills through self-generated actions.  So […]