Tag Archives: school

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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What to Know About Scheduling Pediatric Therapy

It’s fair to say there’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to scheduling and maintaining productivity in a pediatric therapy clinic. In the name of transparency, let’s discuss a few things that both families and therapists … Continue reading

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Techniques for Coloring in the Lines

Coloring in the lines? That’s so…conformist! Ok, so maybe it’s an important skill when it comes to fine motor control and spatial awareness. Recently, I’ve found myself working on this skill quite a bit, so I went to Pinterest to … 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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Why School and Clinic Therapists Can’t Easily Communicate

School is officially back. That means new teachers, new classrooms, new IEPs, and new therapists. It’s also that time of year when parents ask their clinic therapists to “touch base” with their child’s school therapists. So, how do you connect … 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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Interpreting an Occupational Therapy Evaluation

I spend far too long writing up an evaluation, thankful for the moment it is off of my desk and into a parent’s hands. I’ve analyzed, interpreted, and poured my little OT heart into page after page. However, many times … Continue reading

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