How Can Occupational Therapy Help With Handwriting?

Handwriting is a complex skill that requires several motor and cognitive skills before being able to write effectively. Occupational Therapists are trained in understanding the anatomy and physiology of the body, and the muscles and cognition required for certain activities, and therefore have a holistic approach to handwriting.

Occupational Therapists will typically assess a child’s:

  • Visual motor integration
  • Visual perception
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Core strength
  • Motor planning ability and midline crossing
  • Spatial awareness
  • Endurance
  • Posture, muscle tone and primitive reflexes

This gives Occupational Therapists a holistic understanding of a child’s motor skills, sensory processing and endurance to attend to a task. Based on this information, an Occupational Therapist will set goals and direct their therapy and interventions where the challenges may lie.

Through working on these skills, a child’s motor skills will improve to:

  • Consistently use an effective pencil grasp
  • Have more control and accuracy when using a pencil
  • Form numbers and letters from the correct position
  • Help with sizing of numbers and letters
  • Better position written work on the page
  • Be more productive with improved attention and concentration
  • Endure through an activity for long periods of time
  • Strengthen their core and posture to sit up right.

As well as developing important motor skills, your Occupational Therapist can recommend appropriate equipment, tools and prompts, such as wobble stools, ergonomic pencil, pencil grasp and visual prompts.

Our Occupational Therapists frequently collaborate with teachers and parents to ensure that a child feels confident and comfortable writing in their two most common environments.

At Learn Sense Grow, we believe in a holistic approach to handwriting. In combination with motor skill work, we work on a child’s ‘growth mindset’, resilience, self-esteem and confidence, which all help a child to have a good learning and challenge attitude. This helps to lessen any resistance to handwriting activities a child may have if they find it difficult.

If you want to speak to us about your child’s pencil grasp, or any challenges they may have with handwriting, get in contact with us today at..