11 Tips to Teach Handwriting Virtually: How to Fix DYSGRAPHIA via Distance Learning or Telehealth

Many people have asked me how I am able to teach handwriting using Google, Zoom, or any virtual platform. When COVID-19 first shut down my OT clinic, I had the same question. Now I have some real answers, and I hope these tips will help you with your virtual interventions.

Apples or Oranges, Handwriting Practice or Instruction?

Functional handwriting is a key to both learning and expressing one’s self.  Automatic handwriting skills open doors for children, allowing them to take in, process, and recall new information, and to express themselves through written language.  If you are a parent, teacher, or therapist and you tend to think of ‘handwriting instruction’ and ‘handwriting practice’ as one in the same, check out this post!

Looking for a fun way for your students practice letter sounds?

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!

Part 1. Understanding and Supporting Pencil Grasp Development: 3 – 6 years

Understanding and Supporting Pencil Grasp Development: 3 – 6 years First off, this first installment of a 3-part blog post will explore  What grasps look like in the major three categories. Why some grasps are more advantageous than others. What ages typically-developing children are using these three types of grasp.