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Using Games as Fine Motor Practice to Improve Handwriting | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In today’s Webisode, an Occupational Therapist introduces us to beneficial games and tools to aid efficiency of handwriting practice for children.  For more on your child’s handwriting, click here. In this video you will learn: How certain game pieces prepare your child for writing Which games are recommended to use for handwriting practice Useful tools […]


Creative Ways to Help your Child Work on Handwriting

Working on handwriting at home can feel like a lose-lose battle for parents and children alike.  It can be a challenging and/or least preferred activity for children, which makes it hard for parents to want to implement and follow through with.  While handwriting is certainly an activity which your child’s occupational therapist or academic specialist […]


What do Occupational Therapists Look for During your Child’s Handwriting Sample?

Handwriting is a lifelong skill. It begins as young as 3 years of age, when children start identifying shapes, letters, and numbers.  Handwriting and letter recognition are important for communicating (e.g. sending cards and emails) and for completing age-appropriate tasks (e.g. homework assignments; writing grocery lists). Below are many of the components your child’s occupational […]


Handwriting Quickies: 5 easy ways to work on your child’s grasp and letter formation for handwriting

Handwriting involves many different components, such as using an age-appropriate grasp, stabilizing the paper, and identifying and forming uppercase and lowercase letters.  Luckily, there are lots of simple strategies to boost your child’s confidence and performance. Here are a few brief suggestions to try at home: Hold a marble:  Have your child hold onto a […]


5 Ways to Work on Endurance for Handwriting

Handwriting involves many components, such as visual motor skills, fine motor skills, bilateral skills (stabilizing the paper and manipulating a pencil),  hand strength, grasping, and executive functioning (planning, preparing, organizing). Oftentimes, a child will greatly improve the sizing, spacing, and legibility of his handwriting, but will still have trouble getting his thoughts onto paper. This […]


10 Ways to Encourage Handwriting Practice Without a Pencil

When handwriting is challenging for a child, getting a pencil in their hand can be a difficult task. There are many ways to practice letters without using a pencil. The motor planning component of handwriting can be reinforced through the following activities. 10 Fun Activities For Practicing Handwriting: Pour cornmeal onto a cookie sheet. Then […]


How To Improve Handwriting Skills, Part 2 | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In part 2 of How To Improve Handwriting Skills, Occupational Therapist works on specific  handwriting techniques with a student.  (Click here For Part 1) In This Video You Will Learn: What’s the best sitting position for good handwriting What is a slant-board and how it can help What is a helper hand Video Transcription: Announcer: From Chicago’s leading […]


How To Improve Handwriting in Children Part 1 | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In part 1 of 2, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist shows all the ways to prepare a child for optimum handwriting skills. In This Video You Will Learn: How to wake up a child’s hands prior to writing How to slow a child’s hands down Which materials are best for a child’s handwriting Video Transcription: Announcer: […]


Good Handwriting | When Should Your Child Develop Writing Skills? | Pediatric Therapy TV

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Gives Our Viewers Age Guides For When Children Should Have Legible Handwriting In This Video You Will Learn: What age children should have legible handwriting What age they should have their capital letter by What age they should be writing words and sentences Video Transcript: Announcer: From Chicago’s leading experts in pediatrics […]


Handwriting Over the Summer: Practice Makes Perfect

Children worked so hard on writing at school, and they should continue writing over the summer to prevent losing all of the progress they made. Practice makes perfect! Repetition will decrease anxiety and keep them at or above the expectations for the following year. Here are some fun writing exercises you can try over the […]