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Functional Hand Skills for Writing and Typing

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Karin H. Warner, MOT OTR/L


Functional Hand Skills for Writing and Typing

Questions often arise for school-based occupational therapists, such as:

  • Does hand grasp influence handwriting fluency and legibility?
  • Should we change the student’s hand grasp?
  • When should the student transition to keyboarding due to challenges with handwriting?

By discussing hand development from birth to 5, analyzing hand grasp patterns, and reviewing the skills needed for keyboarding, this 2-hour webinar provides foundational information needed to guide your clinical reasoning and decision making for these common school-based questions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the essential stages of hand grasp development for ages 0-60 months.
  2. State the movement patterns of functional and dysfunctional handwriting hand grasps.
  3. List the similarities and differences between the motor skills needed for keyboarding vs. handwriting.
  4. Identify two skills needed for keyboarding readiness.

Course Information

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). Course approval ID# 06998. This distance learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Photo of Sensational Brain presenter Karin H Warner, MOT, OTR/L

Karin Hessellund Warner, MOT, OTR/L, has been in practice since 1996. During her well-rounded career, she worked in a variety of settings including public and charter schools, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, home health, and private practice. As a speaker and presenter, Karin traveled to over 15 states to instruct seminars on handwriting, visual skills, laterality, and hand development. In 2007, she spoke at the Occupational Therapy Association of California’s Spring Symposium, where she first presented the “Solving the Handwriting Puzzle” program. In 2021, she spoke at the Occupational Therapy Association of California’s Annual Conference on “Functional Vestibulo-Ocular Skills in the School Setting.”

Karin published an article in Behavioral Aspects of Visual Care, titled “Understanding Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sensory Integration: Identifying and Describing How Sensory Processing Disorders Affect Vision and Behavior.” Karin spoke at California’s Regional Vision Therapists Forum in 2000.


  • Financial: Karin H. Warner receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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