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Posture . . . Stability . . . Grip . . . OH MY! Strategies for Preparing Your Students for Handwriting Success!

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Kim Wiggins, OTR/L


Posture . . . Stability . . . Grip . . . OH MY! Strategies for Preparing Your Students for Handwriting Success!

Academic expectations increase every year. Even preschool children are expected to write! Many children struggle with handwriting legibility because they experience issues with body positioning, hand dominance, grip, and more. Teachers, parents, and professionals working with children must understand the developmental sequence needed to write. In this 2-hour webinar, participants learn easy, inexpensive adaptations and techniques that can be used in the classroom, at home, or in the clinic. This course addresses (a) promoting good posture while learning how to make your own adaptations, (b) shoulder stability exercises that can be done anywhere, (c) bilateral coordination and the helping hand, (d) determining hand dominance, (e) facilitating wrist extension, (f) grip explanation and techniques, and (g) grip problem-solving opportunities.

*Note: AOTA grandfathered New Ideas and Techniques for Posture, Upper Extremity Stability, Pressure, Wrist Extension, and Grip! on September 1, 2020. This course is an updated version with a new title submitted to AOTA for review. Once approved, the Course approval ID number will be updated next to the AOTA banner under the CEU section.

Learning Outcomes

  1. State the benefits of promoting good posture and seating adaptations.
  2. Identify strategies to address shoulder stability and bilateral coordination.
  3. List strategies that can be used to support left-handed writers.
  4. Describe approaches to develop and correct ineffective pencil grips.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, teachers, and parents
  • Course Instructor:  Kim Wiggins, OTR/L
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-999110

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). Course approval ID# 06684. 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.


Kim Wiggins, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children since 2001. She is a full-time therapist at a City School District in upstate New York, owner of, and has been a nationally known speaker since 2011. Kim is certified in Mobile Devices for Children with Disabilities, Puzzle Art Therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Zaner Bloser, The Size Matters Handwriting Program, The Listening Program, and as an Irlen Screener. To view Kim’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Kim Wiggins receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC and is the owner of OTKimWiggins LLC. Kim is an affiliate for these companies and receives a percentage of profits from her referrals for these webinars:
    • Double Time Docs ( A Collaboration Sensation and Get It Done! OT documentation
    • Move Thrive Play ( Primitive Reflexes
    • SpedNotes (a free program until August 2020, Get It Done! OT documentation and Writing IEP Goals
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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