Does your child have difficulty with handwriting?
Is their handwriting messy or do they write very slowly? Do they have difficulty writing over a period of time or are you concerned about their ability write in a specific situation.
A Childworks Occupational Therapist can help.
We provide focused help with handwriting.Handwriting is still a very important part of your child’s education. Many tests including Naplan and the HSC include a component of handwriting. Because children use computers more and more in school as well as play, their ability to produce legible handwriting at a reasonable speed is severely reduced. If your child knows their work but cannot show that they know it, they cannot perform to their potential. The earlier this is addressed the better.
A 90 minute assessment can determine whether your child will benefit from Occupational Therapy. Usually treatments go for 40 minutes. Goals will be discussed with you as well as the expected time to achieve these goals. Your child’s will be reviewed regularly to ensure they are gaining the most they possibly can from therapy. We sometimes recommend a break from therapy as children’s progress can plateau after a block of therapy.
Therapy for each child will differ and your child will receive a programme of treatment individually designed for them. Because of this it is difficult to state exactly what therapy will involve but for handwriting we usually look at pencil or pen grasp, posture, motor planning, motor control, visual perception and letter/number formation just to name a few. We also look at a range of other factors that may influence handwriting such as your child’s ability to maintain concentration.
Childworks can assist children with the skills, and abilities they need to start handwriting as well as speed and legibility for children and older students who are already writing. We see children right up to HSC age to assist with handwriting.