Sensory Motor Disorder

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...
archery movement activities

20 Ways to Stay Active – “A Body in Motion Stays in Motion”

There’s no disputing the fact that physical activities are good for you and your family. However, kids with “isms” face more challenges. Some deal with sensory issues, difficulty with gross motor skills and can...
Building Sponge Towers

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...
playground

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...
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...
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...
Bowling - Strength

7 Family Fun Indoor Activities

I know spring is right around the corner but for some people when the snow is still on the ground, it means downhill skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. Others, however, aren’t as eager to head...
Geoboard

Strengthen Fine Motor with Mini-Weather Geoboards

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...