Fine Motor Development and Handwriting Help
Before children develop sophisticated composition skills for written communication, they learn the fundamental skills of the mechanics of handwriting. When a child’s fine motor abilities can’t keep up with their thoughts and academic abilities, they are unable to show on paper what they know, leading to frustrating school experiences and sometimes poor grades. As a child struggles to control the pencil, she may hear she is not trying hard enough or simply needs to take more pride in her work. There is effective handwriting help for children whose fine motor skills are holding them back.
Handwriting and Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy helps children have successful experiences with writing, while they learn to control the pressure, direction, size and spacing of their written work. Fun therapy activities target the specific muscles and ligaments in the fingers, palm, wrist and forearm. Positioning tricks and adaptive tools, serve as a bridge to skill acquisition. We have a wide selection of pencil grippers to try, as well as slant boards and wrist holders to use, while learning correct positioning and strengthening the muscles involved.
Handwriting Without Tears©
At Corvallis Children’s Therapy, the Handwriting Without Tears© curriculum and the Benbow Loops and Groups curriculum are used in conjunction with other Occupational Therapy techniques and tools. Our therapist has many years of experience teaching handwriting skills in classrooms, homes and clinics, to groups and individuals using the Handwriting Without Tears with other fine motor therapy. Corvallis Children’s Therapy will customize a plan for your child’s successful mastery of handwriting.
Research Study at Corvallis Children’s Therapy
In the summer of 2010, Corvallis Children’s Therapy was a clinical site for a research trial using a robotic device to teach handwriting, in conjunction with the HWT curriculum described above. Ivanhoe has a YouTube video of this, and the study has been accepted for publication in AJOT, a national OT research journal.