Whole child solutions to improve handwriting program
Using writing as a tool for learning, showing understanding and demonstrating creativity
Handwriting is a complex process that requires the coordination of many individual skills. These skills should be in place by the time a child is 8 years old. This enables the shift from learning to write to writing to learn.
Here is a brief outline of the skills needed to be a functional writer:
- Somatosensory processing – integrating a network of information from the vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, visual, and auditory systems.
- Integration of primitive reflexes and maturation or postural and other reflexes – Primitive reflexes support movement during the first year of life and then are integrated into postural/lifelong reflexes.
- Postural control – upright easy, relaxed posture with adequate core stability, stability in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist to allow for mobility in the hand and fingers.
- Hand control – requires consistent hand dominance, functional mature grasp and in hand manipulation skills.
- Visual Motor Integration – the ability to recognize and integrate a visual image and translate it to an appropriate motor response (see a letter, copy the letter). Pre-writing shapes:
- Horizontal lines
- Vertical lines
- Diagonal line right
- Diagonal left
- Motor Coordination includes motor planning and bilateral integration.
- Motor planning is the ability to have the idea (ideation) to initiate, sequence and perform an unfamiliar motor task.
- Bilateral coordination handwriting requires the use of the dominant hand to write and the non-dominant hand to stabilize the paper.
- Cognitive readiness – the cognitive skills required to meet the demands of the task. Handwriting skills are related to the ability to understand language and to use related cognitive processes including:
- letter perception
- orientation to printed language
- ability to follow directions
- sequencing skills
- conceptual skills
- Self-esteem – if handwriting is challenging or a child has received messages that his/her handwriting is poor, self-esteem is impacted and a child’s motivation to participate in handwriting activities may be impacted, creating a vicious cycle.
Your program contains:
- An introduction to the program-audio and text
- 11 short, simple video clips 2 to 3 minutes long showing you exactly how to do each exercise
- Fine motor activities (used by therapists)
- Charts to help track your progress and let your child record his/her achievement
- Pictures – to help engage your child and give him/her a sense of control
- Goal setting chart if you would like to track progress
- Support information
You can buy each of the home programs individually or as part of a package.