Happy Caterpillar writing
I usually do activities that incorporate multiple skills into the task, and love it when we are writing and the kids have to write positive things. So I made the happy caterpillar. The kids have to write something they like about themselves (or that makes them happy) on each of the caterpillar body parts. You[Read More]
10 Quick Tips to Improve Handwriting
Legible handwriting is an important skill even during this digital age. Handwriting involves motor and cognitive skills that help with letter recognition for reading, memory retention and possibly even better grades. The best way to improve handwriting skills is to PRACTICE. When the child is practicing, try these 10 quick tips to help improve a child’s handwriting skills: Provide a model of appropriate handwritten letters. Providing a visual example will help children write with proper…
Perceptual Reasoning, Handwriting and Autism
Neurology published research on a small study consisting of 24 adolescents, half with autism and half without autism. Using the Minnesota Handwriting Assessment Test, intelligence test and Physical and Neurological Examination for Subtle (Motor) Signs (PANESS), the researchers found that the adolescents with autism showed worse overall scores on handwriting just like younger children with autism exhibit. Previous research indicated that in younger children with autism, motor skills (e.g…
6 Tips to Decrease Anxiety When Writing
Many students who struggle with handwriting and writing assignments may encounter feelings of anxiety and stress when faced with school assignments. Here are a few tips to help decrease anxiety with writing assignments: Try playing some background music. According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, who conducted research on sound therapy and found that listening to that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35…
Teaching Punctuation for Writing Success | Smart Speech Therapy
Last week I wrote a blog post entitled: "Teaching Metalinguistic Vocabulary for Reading Success" in which I described the importance of explicitly teaching students basic metalinguistic voca
Evidence-Based Practice: Handwriting Intervention
Handwriting Intervention Research freedigitalphotos.net-punsayaporn An occupational therapist is the professional to call when an individual is having trouble with handwriting! Writing on the lines, letter formation, legibility, and spacing problems are all issues related to handwriting struggles. When handwriting is difficult, this can lead to frustration, anxiety, and low self-esteem, so it's important to seek help for this issue. Here is one research study related to handwriting…
Visual Perceptual and Handwriting Freebie Page
Download two sample pages for the Letter Cc to practice handwriting and visual perceptualskills. You can download the freebie here http://www.yourtherapysource.com/vphandwritingfreebie.html Get more information on the complete download here
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(the-teacher-next-door.com) This is the last of four in my series on Teaching Paragraph Writing. If you've been following along, you know that we've discussed Topic Sentences, Star Ideas, and even Conclusions...And now we're going to do a little more advanced work by adding transitions to our paragraph. These tiny phrases can...
How to Help a Child with Dysgraphia at Home
Does your child struggle with Dysgraphia? There are many ways to help them improve their writing. Tools and strategies to help a child with dysgraphia at home.
Improvements in Handwriting Following iPad Instruction
Computer and Education published research examining the effectiveness of iPad computerized writing instruction for 4th–9th graders (n = 35) with diagnosed specific learning disabilities (SLDs) affecting writing: dysgraphia (impaired handwriting), dyslexia (impaired spelling), and oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD) (impaired syntax composing). Each participant completed 18 two-hour iPad lessons with multiple learning activities. The goal of the activities was to improve…
Handwriting Without Tears Research Review Articles
The Wet Dry Try App, provides explicit instruction for letter formation based on the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) curriculum. Below is a link to research review articles related to the HWT cur…
October Sentence Starters Writing Prompts
Help beginning writers with these fun fill-in-the-blank writing prompts. $ Repinned by SOS Inc. Resources pinterest.com/sostherapy/.
Roll It and Write! Creative Journal Idea
Add a fun twist to your journaling activities with this fun Roll It and Write Dice Game! Such a fun and creative journal idea even for reluctant writers!
What is Rainbow Writing and How Does It Help Emerging Writers?
When we first started homeschooling, I saw rainbow writing all over the place, and I couldn't figure it out. Back then, Grace resisted all writing practice, and I didn't really investigate. Now that Grace enjoys tolerates writing practice, and she adores rainbows, I gave it another chance. A lot of people use the term rainbow writing in a lot of different ways. Here's how we do it: Handwriting Practice I've written before about how she first taught herself to write and then had to relearn…
Writing Skills: What to Expect at Different Ages
When do kids learn to write? See a list of writing milestones by age to get a better picture of how writing skills develop in children.