Occupational Therapy DepartmentWriting is a complex task that involves much more than just holding a pencil or pen. It requires good head and shoulder stability to position the forearm and wrist correctly, adequate touch skills to feel the position of the pencil in the hand, and visual perception skills to see and form letters correctly. Many children have problems with handwriting because difficulties in one or more of these areas. Sited from www.schoolspecialty.comDid you know?Children who spend more time crawling tend to have better fine motor abilities and writing skills. Some other ways to strengthen hands include: hanging from a monkey bar, playing with putty or playdough, wheelbarrow walking, playing in the sand, and making homemade bread (dough). Sited from www.schoolspecialty.comPictures taken from www.bing.net
Our School 7 occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistants
are here to help the educational team and parents. They help to
support a student’s ability to participate in daily school
activities or “occupations.” They help children/students by supporting their academic achievement and promoting positive behaviors necessary for learning. This is done in a variety of ways. As you can see listed on the side are areas that OT's work in. There are listed activities along with explanations to help you understand the skills your child works on in OT. This will help you to understand why your child is doing some of the activities he/she might talk about.