Does Handwriting Get Better With Practice?

Building Sponge Towers

I read somewhere that all children can improve their writing skills with a lot of practice.  Unfortunately, that is not quite true.  Handwriting isn’t simply about putting pencil to paper.  It is a complex activity that requires efficient visual, fine, and gross motor skills in order to be mastered.  When a child struggles with handwriting […]

Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

playground

Summer is a opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school term, desk work becomes less appealing as the pools and playgrounds open for the season.  The neatest thing about handwriting practice, however, is that it […]

Solutions for the Struggles of Left-Handed Writers

Left-handed writers benefit from a vertical slant

Left-handed writers can be a menacing force in the classroom when it comes to handwriting instruction!  Their struggles are confusing for teachers and parents and can result in a great deal of stress for the students.  A search of the web can offer some help, but most often very few of the tips or adaptations […]

Hand Dominance: Is My Child Ambidextrous?

Bilateral Integration

Within the first few minutes of my observation, one thing that becomes instantly apparent amongst children referred for Occupational Therapy (OT), are differences in bilateral integration and sequencing, reluctance to cross midline, and poor midline weight distribution and balance. Bilateral integration is the coordination of right and left sides of the body. Children with differences […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

Strengthen Fine Motor with Mini-Weather Geoboards

Geoboard

Groundhog Day was yesterday and whether Punxsutawney Phil was right or wrong, the cold in some parts means children are still cooped up inside needing activities to keep them busy and engaged.  That’s where old blocks can come in handy! Original Purpose: Building and stacking With Sensory Lenses:  A Mini-Weather Geoboard to tie into recent […]

Superbowl Sensory Snack Sensations

Football - Superbowl

Whether you are an NFL football fan or not, pretty much everyone realizes when the NFL Super Bowl championship game is played. TV commercials and grocery store displays shout out this information in one way or another.  You and your children can have some sensory and fine motor fun while learning valuable life skills. This […]

Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

art therapy - fine motor

The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It isn’t “work”.  It’s fun!  Here are some benefits and tips for using art to support and increase these skills. Increase Eye-Hand […]

Why is Handwriting so Hard?

handwriting challenges

For most of us, handwriting is second nature. Certainly we practiced it enough in school. And although our script might have “evolved” over the years (not always for the better), we all remember repeatedly practicing upper and lower case letters and staying between the lines. Maybe your handwriting wasn’t the best, but most likely it […]

5 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets

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No matter what your faith tradition, it seems that at this is the time of year wrapping paper is ubiquitous. Instead of tossing your torn pieces out, try looking at them with an eye for sensory diet fun. Today’s Challenge: Wrapping paper Original Purpose: Wrapping gifts With Sensory Savvy Lenses: Free tools for fine motor, […]

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