Category Archives: Handwriting

Pencil Grasp Basics – An Infographic

Considering the fact that handwriting problems are the primary reason for referral to occupational therapy services in school-age children (Schwellnus et al., 2012), I wanted to put together an infographic with a few “pencil grasp basics” to keep in mind. … Continue reading

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Handwriting Paper: What’s Really Between the Lines?

Handwriting. You focus on letter memory, formation, sizing, spacing, and line placement. You try to find the right handwriting program from choices like Zaner-Bloser, D’Nealian, and Handwriting Without Tears. You make sure a child’s little hand is ready for writing, … Continue reading

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Is Handwriting Dead?

I sat across from a set of parents at an IEP meeting. Nice people- no horror stories of anger, frustration, or possible litigation. Just an average conversation about a child I recently began working with in a school setting. My responsibility … Continue reading

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Putting Cursive on the Chopping Block

The inclusion of cursive handwriting within a school’s curriculum has been debated for a while now. The lovely people over at PediaStaff forwarded me a recent article from the New York Times debating the need to teach cursive ( Is … Continue reading

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Pencil Grip 101

{If you aren’t familiar with pencil grasps or the anatomy of the hand, you might want to check out my post, “When to Fix a Pencil Grasp” as an introduction.} Suppose you have a child that can’t hold a pencil correctly… what … Continue reading

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When to “Fix” a Pencil Grasp

Hey, we can’t all have perfect grasps…but we can have functional grasps. Determining the differences between the two can save parents and children a lot of unnecessary headaches. Before I dive too deeply into this subject, allow me to explain … Continue reading

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Evaluating a Child’s Handwriting: An Inside Look

When I ask a parent to describe their concerns regarding their child’s handwriting, I usually hear one of the following responses: “It’s messy.” “You can’t really read it.” “It doesn’t look as good as his peers.” While that’s all well … Continue reading

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