What does research tell us about the impact of fine motor skills on early academics?
If your young child is fearful of going to the doctor, there are many things you can do to help them feel calmer and to prepare them for their next visit.
Researchers have found evidence for the use of movement tools, but there are some children with whom these tools have the opposite effect.
I have the pleasure of welcoming Colleen to Print Path today as an esteemed guest blogger. I am so excited for her to share her new OT resources! Colleen is the creator and author of www.theottoolbox.com and http://community.theottoolbox.com. She is an occupational therapist who shares creative activities designed to promote the healthy development of kids. Colleen is one of the therapist authors on the Functional Skills for Kids books.
Do your students have the pre-writing, visual-motor, fine motor and executive functioning skills that they need?
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!
Use an enticing game to add power to shoulders, arms, and hands by adding a simple twist to this classic children’s activity.
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.