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 […]

How To Set Up a Handwriting Station

How To Set Up a Handwriting Station Do you receive referral after referral for students with handwriting concerns?  Are the teachers you work with feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with so little time to offer handwriting practice?  We know students benefit from handwriting instruction and practice, BUT school districts do not make time for it anymore. […]

Happy National Handwriting Day from a Handwriting Enthusiast

Happy National Handwriting Day from a Handwriting Enthusiast

Happy National Handwriting Day from a Handwriting Enthusiast Today, January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. It seems like a great occasion for a celebration (and cake), but quite frankly, handwriting has gotten a pretty bad rap! Its previous status as a central pillar of literacy has been tarnished, and it is now considered irrelevant, and […]

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Keyboarding Versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities

Keyboarding versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities

Keyboarding Versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities Computers & Education published research investigating keyboarding versus handwriting speed and learning disabilities.  Many individuals handwrite faster than they can keyboard.  In order to close this gap, the researchers offered a touch-typing program which was completed by 17 neurotypical higher education students and 25 students with specific learning disabilities (i.e […]

Orthographic Processing and Handwriting

Orthographic Processing and Handwriting

Orthographic Processing and Handwriting Handwriting evaluations usually include legibility, speed, spacing and pencil grip but do you consider orthographic processing?  Orthographic processing is the ability to understand and recognize writing components such as spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.  Students with weak orthographic processing rely very heavily on sounding out common words that should be in memory, which can result […]

Pen Grip Force, Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting in Children

Pen Grip Force Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting in Children

Pen Grip Force Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting in Children The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal published research examining pen-grip kinetics during writing tasks of 181 school-age children (5-12 years old) and investigate the relationship between the kinetic factors and fine motor skills.  A force acquisition pen was to measure the forces applied from the digits and […]