Handwriting for Schools and Professionals
A booklet that explains how handwriting skills develop, gives practical advice on how to develop skills, and provides advice on how to manage specific handwriting difficulties.
Written communication is an important part of our lives from childhood to adulthood. It is needed at school and home for lots of activities, i.e. to write stories or essays, lists, reminders, make notes, copy telephone numbers, fill out forms, and write down messages. At school, writing is predominantly used to assess and evaluate a child or young person’s progress. How a child writes can determine the legibility, quality and quantity of their writing. Despite the use of computers, writing is still important. This booklet describes how handwriting develops, how difficulties affect a child or young adult, and offers practical advice on how to support them.
BACKGROUND TO THE BOOKLET: Handwriting for Schools and Professionals
I am an occupational therapist who has worked with children and young adults since 1999. My clinical experience includes a wide range of needs, including complex physical disabilities, learning difficulties, developmental delay, autism, issues with attachment and trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social and communication problems, and issues with social, emotional and mental health needs. Many of the children and young adults that I support have difficulties with sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, handwriting, and self-care skills.
I am very aware that parents and staff use information from different sources. The information that is available is vast, can be overwhelming, and is time consuming to read. I have written the booklets as a comprehensive resource for parents and staff based on my extensive clinical experience. They are designed as a quick reference or to read in depth. Each booklet has key points to guide the reader and follows a similar format. There are handouts at the end of each booklet with lists of books, resources and websites. The booklets are useful for parents, school staff, students and professionals who work with children and young people. Please consult your local occupational therapist for specific advice as children or young people are individuals and learn or approach tasks in different ways.