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!
Last year, I was honored to be a guest blogger on Special-Ism. Their site provides a wide variety of information and resources for parents whose children are facing special “isms,” or challenges, in their lives. This post was originally published on their site in 2014. I hope you will enjoy it and will visit their site to find many, many interesting and “special” blogs! And I hope you will revisit The Handwriting is Fun! Blog next week for some more helpful handwriting hints from a special guest blogger!
Summer is a 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 term, desk work becomes less appealing as the pools and playgrounds open for the season. 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 summertime 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” (1)
- visual-perceptual skills – that help them to “process visual information” (2),
- 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.
The following activities will help your child work on those foundational skills. So, let’s get going!
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. She can be contacted via her website, Handwriting With Katherine. Disclaimer: The information shared on the Handwriting With Katherine website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter page, Pinterest page; in the Universal Publishing Handwriting Teachers’ Guides; on any guest blog posts or any other social media is for general informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice or evaluation and care from your physician/medical team or any other qualified health care providers. Therefore, the author of these links/posts take no responsibility for any liability, loss, or risk taken by individuals as a result of applying the ideas or resources.