OT Corner: How to Use a Timer to Help with Letter Formation

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This super easy handwriting trick is one that can be done right now.  Pick up your phone, turn on the timer app and start practicing handwriting.  Using a timer to help with letter formation is one way that kids can develop consistency with correct letter formation, speed, and accuracy (with a goal of handwriting legibility!) when completing writing tasks independently.

Teachers and OTs who are who are working on handwriting are often times addressing letter formation skills. The ability to construct letters stems from a top to bottom approach and in correct letter formation order.  For example, a child should not be writing a letter in sections or with unnecessary re-trace.  Many times you see preschool children form letters by sections and not constructing the letter correctly.  These inaccuracies can be carried over to the later grade years and will absolutely interfere with legibility as the child is required to write more, at faster speeds, and in smaller spaces.

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