Handwriting Solution Center

"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 skills, and after first grade continues to find mastery to be a problem, chances are that there are skills that need to be addressed that go far beyond practicing." - Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

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Help! My Child Hates Writing and Drawing Activities

You know that your child needs to learn some basic visual motor skills in order to be successful in school. For whatever reason, your child is not interested or may even be resistant to...
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Finger Weights: A Therapy Tool for Fine Motor Isms

Evan is diagnosed with sensory processing disorder.  He also is struggling mightily to present legible handwriting.  He is referred by his teacher to the school-based occupational therapist for an evaluation.  The evaluation reveals that...
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Solutions for Struggling Writers

Tomorrow is National Handwriting Day. It's an unofficial day that was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977. Their motive at the time was to promote the consumption of pens, pencils and...
Handwriting Skills

Handwriting Challenges: Dys-print-ism?

Handwriting challenges or here at Special-Ism, we might call them Handwriting Isms. My understanding is that you seek solutions to "isms".  Toward that end, let us clarify the connotation of ism, as well as related...
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...
Dysgraphia - Written Expression

Dysgraphia: A Struggle With Written Expression

In Part 1 of our series on Dysgraphia, Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia, we took some time to explore its definition, causes, and symptoms. But while that information is important, it alone will...
Dysgraphia

Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia

Do you know a child who loves school but hates to complete written assignments? Is there a student in your class who can tell you all about the last book he read but cannot...
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Does Handwriting Get Better With Practice?

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...
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Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

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...
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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...