Handwriting is one of the most complex skills your child will learn in early years. While usually learnt adequately in the classroom, many children and young people experience difficulties in this area and can benefit from specialist individual or group help.
Fluent handwriting requires the integration of many skills, gross and fine motor, visual perceptual, working memory, spatial awareness, and effective sensory processing. Problems in any of these areas will make the mastering of handwriting more of a challenge.
When this is the case, the Occupational Therapist can assess and address underlying causes, so freeing the child or young person to develop fluent handwriting.
Intervention blocks are offered, with daily 5 -10 minute practice sessions at home required. The sessions are designed to be varied, incorporating activities of interest to the individual while addressing the areas of difficulty.
Consultation with the class teacher may be required to address pencil grip, paper positioning, body positioning or any visual perceptual difficulties that may have been identified.
Many handwriting difficulties can be addressed with intervention involving parents, teacher and Occupational Therapist, however children with significant difficulties may be taught to touch type as an alternative.
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