Tag Archives: Handwriting

Accepting a “Weird” Pencil Grasp

As a pediatric OT, I most frequently receive questions about pencil grasps. In fact, I wrote an entire article about When to “Fix” a Pencil Grasp. However, we also need to talk about those children (or even adults) that aren’t … Continue reading

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Can a Child be “Too Old” For Therapy?

Is it too late? Is it possible to make any progress at this point? Can things still get better? We hear these questions quite a bit in pediatric therapy. Parents are often shocked to hear that we work with children … Continue reading

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Development of Visual Perceptual Skills: Visual Spatial Relations

Visual spatial relations have a strong impact on a child’s academic skills. As mentioned in my previous post about Visual Perceptual Skills: Real Life Applications, this particular skill has to do with understanding the relationships of objects within the environment. … Continue reading

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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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Tested in Therapy: Ergonomic Stylus Review

Let’s face it- tablets, iPads, smart phones… they are pretty much everywhere these days, even in the therapy world. While these gadgets are obviously the new normal, it is very important to remember the importance of good ol’ fashioned fine … 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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