10 Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!
by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L
This month, I am sharing a “Summer Handwriting Fun” series chock-full of articles written by myself and other therapy bloggers who have so graciously offered to share their work on my site. This is the first in our series. I hope you will find it useful and return to read some more next week!
Note: This original blog was posted on June 2, 2015, as part of the above series. At that time, I was honored to be a guest blogger on Special-Ism where I’d shared the 10 Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun. Their site and my article, however, are no longer available. My article below, “10 Secret Places to Practice Handwriting,” shares interesting options to encourage school-aged children to use their handwriting skills in everyday activities – pairing practice with function. I think that you will find it useful.
Time spent at home on the weekends is an opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!” Although learning does not end with the school day or week, desk work becomes less appealing as on option for practicing handwriting. The neatest thing about handwriting practice, however, is that it does not need to be completed at a desk, or even sitting down! Let’s explore some fun activities that help children maintain and increase their handwriting mastery skills.
BUT, before we begin our journey, let’s take a look at one important fact: Handwriting mastery is not accomplished simply by practicing letters over and over to produce a legible word. That is the final destination. The road to legibility, however, is paved with many other skills. To master handwriting skills children need to develop efficient:
- visual-motor skills – that provide them with accurate and precise eye movements that range from near to far,
- visual-perceptual skills – that help them to process visual information,
- gross-motor skills – that give them strong muscles to maintain their posture, and
- fine-motor skills – that help them to produce precision movements with their hands.
And functional, everyday writing activities can enhance the development of these skills.
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Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of handwriting skills. 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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