Young children's hand skills are generally on the decline resulting in fine motor delays and poor handwriting skills. Today's children are no longer exposed to activities and toys that develop the musculature, hand structures and precise movements of the hands needed for school success. As a result, children are coming into the classroom with delayed fine motor control. Yet, curriculum demands continue to increase, thus producing a widening gap between curriculum expectations and developmental readiness.
The Write Stuff Workshop provides the therapist, educator and parent with a thorough understanding of hand development and its role in the promotion of fine motor skills that lead to handwriting.
1. Identify foundational hand skills
2. Recognize specific deficits in hand skill development
3. Define and identify the "Write Stuff": components for developing good handwriting
4. Problem solve (through a case study) hand delays and how to address them in an integrated classroom approach
5. Identify therapeutic and non-therapeutic toys for hand development (scavenger hunt)
6. Recognize pre-writing skills and age appropriateness for each skill
7. Identify recent technology developments to address handwriting
8. Identify "poor" handwriting and differentiate various etiologies behind poor handwriting
For online course information please use this link: The Write Stuff Online