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Drawing on a vertical surface has many great benefits for fine motor coordination.  Kids can also practice standing in one place and reaching the entire board – and crossing midline when reaching with each hand!

Handwriting Activities and Considerations Episode 49

On this episode, I will discuss things to consider when working with kids on handwriting activities and strategies.  These will mainly revolve around making sure they are set up for success!  Also, a special Halloween Treat: a short story written and read by my son!

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“Dysgraphia.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Oct. 2017,

AJOT Research Article
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2009, Vol. 63, 182-192. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.2.182

Engel-Yeger, Batya, et al. “Handwriting Performance, Self-Reports, and Perceived Self-Efficacy Among Children With Dysgraphia.” American Journal of Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 Mar. 2009,

Grasp Development in Kids Episode 38

Today I will discuss the development of grasp from infants to kids as it relates to preparing for handwriting activities.

Grasp Website:
Greutman, Heather, et al. “Typical Pencil Grasp Development for Kids.” Growing Hands-On Kids, 21 June 2017, Accessed 5 Sept. 2017.

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Research Article:
Dennis, Julie L; Swinth, Yvonne. “Pencil Grasp and Children’s Handwriting Legibility During Different-Length Writing Tasks”. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2001, Vol. 55, 175-183. doi:10.5014/ajot.55.2.175

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