Sloppy Handwriting? Tips and Techniques to Improve Common Handwriting Problems
Even in this age of technology, students are writing for most of their day. Due to increased academic expectations, teachers rarely have enough time to teach handwriting. Illegible handwriting may lead to poor grades, low motivation to complete written tasks, and behavior issues. Handwriting should be an automatic skill; kids should be able to think and write simultaneously. This 3-hour webinar based on recent research includes inexpensive and simple adaptations and techniques that can be used in the classroom, at home, or during therapy sessions. Free resources are included for pediatric occupational therapists to use clinically as well!
List handwriting expectations per grade level.
Identify screening tools that can be used with all handwriting styles.
Identify readiness skills for preschool-level children.
Describe strategies to improve or correct the eight components of handwriting including (1) memory, (2) reversals, (3) placement on the line, (4) size, (5) starting position, (6) letter formation, (7) spacing, and (8) speed.
State the importance of therapist-lead, whole group, handwriting lessons on fine motor skill development.
Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level occupational therapists, teachers, and parents
Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). Course approval ID# 06445. This distance learning, independent format is offered at 0.3 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 www.OTKimWiggins.com, 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 (https://www.doubletimedocs.com): A Collaboration Sensation and Get It Done! OT documentation
Move Thrive Play (https://www.moveplaythrive.com): Primitive Reflexes
SpedNotes (a free program until August 2020, https://www.spednote.com/): Get It Done! OT documentation and Writing IEP Goals
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.