Fine Motor

handwriting challenges

Handwriting Challenges: What is the Root Cause?

For most of us, handwriting is second nature. Certainly we practiced it enough in school. Although our script might have “evolved” over the years (not for the better sometimes), we all remember repeatedly practicing...

Wikki Stix Tons of Therapeutic Fun

Open any occupational therapist’s bag, and you are certain to see certain portable tools and toys that are fun for children to use while providing opportunities to enhance their skills. Wikki Stix Tons of...
Left-handed writers benefit from a vertical slant

Solutions for the Struggles of Left-Handed Writers

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...

5 Ways to Encourage Independent Play

As we move into the new year, we will continue to have crazy weather.  Sometimes weather too poor to send our children out to play.  Yet, there is work to be done, kids to...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 2

My last article in this 3 part series discussed 4 out of the 7 sloppy handwriting issues that many educators and parents are seeing on a daily basis. Sloppy handwriting is not something that...
Bilateral Integration

Hand Dominance: Is My Child Ambidextrous?

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...

Encourage Motor Skills, Imagination, and Focus with Plus-Plus Construction Sets

Construction toys can be a lot of fun and challenge the imagination. Plus-Plus 300-Piece Basic Assortment is a construction set that offers endless possibilities. Your child can create a 2-D mosaic or a more...
Handwriting Skills

Dysgraphia: A Struggle With Handwriting Skills

In Part 1 of our series on Dysgraphia, we took some time to explore its definition, causes, and symptoms. In our second segment, we defined the three strategies most likely to help students with...

Pop Bead Critters for Fine Motor Needs

Introducing Chicken Socks Pop Bead Critters Activity Book, a pop bead book unlike any other. The beads have been created to provide the perfect pop! The book is a step-by-step guide for creating zany...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 3

Many educators and parents experience sloppy handwriting from their students and children. Handwriting is a complex task and cannot be “cured” overnight. Many components lead to legible handwriting and sometimes working on even one or...