OT Corner: Handwriting Tips for Older Students – Posters!
by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L
One summer, I came across a remarkable fourth-grade student who desperately wanted to increase her speed with cursive. We’ll call her Mary. When I assessed her handwriting skills, I discovered that her letter formations were superb, but she certainly attained that perfection at the expense of speed. We spent the summer building that skill and we were both thrilled with her progress.
But, the next summer, her parents came to me with their concern that, although she could produce legible and speedy handwriting, she was unable to construct a book report independently. It was evident to me that my work had not ended with handwriting skills. Functionality depended upon her ability to convey her knowledge through a handwritten product. After years of struggling with speed, my little gal had not achieved the requisite skills for creating content with her brain while she was using her hands to write. That summer turned my business focus from practice to function!
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