As an occupational therapist, I get many referrals for children who have difficulty with handwriting speed & legibility. Teachers and parents often assume that the reason for a child having problems is that they have fine-motor difficulties or delays.
And why do we love our jobs? I was honored to be a part of this great blog post from Apples & Bananas Education!
After two decades of working as a school-based occupational therapist, I followed my passion for teaching handwriting and returned to school and eventually to start publishing.
Do you have students who are troubled by anxious energy, the overwhelming need to move, or difficulty with focus?
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or therapist, do you know children who would benefit from play experiences and practice performing tasks that do not come easily?
After you have identified and started to address the root issue interfering with pencil grasp, see Part 1 & 2, you can apply a variety of strategies to specifically facilitate and teach pencil grasp.
Hand strength and endurance is one-factor limiting sustained writing. As an occupational therapist, I am always looking for ways to improve kid’s hand strength! Since punching holes is so motivating for kids, I use punch cards as an engaging way to combine phonics and motor skills into a fun task for independent or partner work. Punching is so fun children will choose to do it during free choice or privilege time!
We all know that building classroom community is HUGE, and that the time we invest from the beginning will pay off -big time. Learning to identify names, write names, and say classmate’s names is essential for classroom community in preschool and kindergarten. Here are some cool ways to get started!