Kate and Connecting OT as seen on Melbourne Channel 7, August 2017.

Handwriting development:

Children are often referred for handwriting or pencil grip challenges. This may tie into one of the diagnosis mentioned above, or it may be a matter of looking at the child’s core strength, upper body endurance, development of their pincer/pencil grip and therefore look at the planning component that is needed to sit on top of this to help the child think about the myriad of steps that they need to focus on to do the writing steps successfully.

This compiles at least 10 steps and include those listed below:

  • Sitting position and posture.
  • Holding the body still, working for a good basis of support using the helper hand on their non dominant hand to support the body.
  • Using an adequate pencil grip, it doesn’t necessarily need to be perfect but it needs to be one that is pleasing to the hand and isn’t going to create fatigue or pain.
  • Precision of letter.
  • Sizing of letters.
  • Starting and finishing points of letters.
  • Spacing in between words.
  • Alignment of letters.
  • Presentation of the page.
  • More literacy and academic elements of spelling, planning of a sentence and then as the years develop, the planning of paragraphs and the overall organisation of a writing piece.

We work to provide recipes and plans of attack to conquer all these different steps that have been set out and build success in your child so that they feel confident, not only to be able to develop these skills and feel good about the work they are doing, but also so they are able to generalise this skill set to other areas of their life.