During the past two whirlwind years spent dedicated to writing my book, Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists, some of my gifted and experienced peers had graciously stepped in to help me share information and creative ideas with you, my readers, on the “Handwriting is Fun! Blog.” Needless to say, I am more than thankful for their dedication to my work. Their support of me and the profession played a major role in keeping the blog in the news and in your tool kit. As the project is nearing the final publishing date, I am going to take a writing break and set my sights on a few months of traveling and exploring with my patient and supportive husband. During that time, I am going to select some of the best-loved blogs from the past and roll them into a series designed to share therapy tips and research data with you. Here is the first in the Summer Series:
Kinesthetic Learning and Pre-Handwriting Skills
When I came into the profession, I brought with me the knowledge and experience I gained from my background in teaching. I am an avid follower of blogs and research sites that share information about teaching strategies and learning styles. I feel that the understanding of learning and teaching principles provides an occupational therapist with an enhanced ability to present an environment that encourages and motivates a person to work toward success. Kinesthetic learning begins naturally in infancy and, for some, becomes their preferred learning style. In my blog, Kinesthetic Learning and Pre-Handwriting Skills, I present information that helps us to understand the importance of including tactile exploration in our therapy sessions and shares activities that can promote kinesthetic learning in the toddler and preschool years.
Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of handwriting skills and understands the link between handwriting skills and writing. In her current book, Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists, she shares a comprehensive guide and consistent tool for addressing handwriting development needs. She can be contacted via her website, Handwriting With Katherine.
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