Handwriting Evidence to Practice
In my clinical work, I have a great interest in the area of handwriting as I have worked with many children who struggle in this area. Teaching children to form their letters correctly from the outset, when they are initially learning to handwrite, is extremely important.
Handwriting is a complex cognitive motor skill which requires explicit instruction and practice to master confidently.
I have received referrals for many students who can not correctly form their letters, and as they are so focused on trying to recall the form of the letters, this then impacts upon their overall literacy skills and can affect their ability to punctuate and add correct grammar or spelling.
As we know, research evidence supports the fact that handwriting greatly helps the development of reading and spelling abilities and when letter formation speed, accuracy and automaticity or fluency improves then so too, do the above mentioned literacy skills.
Woohoo!! NEWS FLASH – I have now released my ‘Handwriting Automaticity Matters’ short online course for busy educators! To find out more, please click here to pop on over to my courses page!
I am regularly involved in parent, educator and therapist handwriting events! Go to the events page to find out more about current courses & upcoming events.
Handwriting printed worksheet activities & games coming in the future – so please stay tuned! Subscribe in the box below to stay in the loop.
Let’s Get School Ready!
Self-paced online short parent course. Simple strategies to prepare your child in the early years to learn to read, write & spell confidently when they start school!
A Great Start To Preschool Learning
“My daughter has really enjoyed the Ricardo Reading Mouse® workbooks and Youtube clips. It has encouraged and supported her learning. A great start to preschool learning.”
Fantastic resource! It is great to have motivating technology supports available for teaching correct letter formation with Queensland children. I have added these videos as examples of the use of technology to teach the skill of handwriting (an evidence-informed practice!) in my professional learning workshops that I lead for OTs / teachers / parents etc
Helen McLennan, Teacher & Occupational Therapist
..this information is so valuable for me!
I just finished the Handwriting Automaticity Matters Course and thoroughly enjoyed it – thank you! I am just beginning as a literacy tutor, so this information is so valuable for me. Thank you so much.
Wendy, Literacy Tutor, Australia
Pre-writing Games & Workbooks
Not quite ready to learn to handwrite...?
Ricardo Reading Mouse® pre-reading and pre-writing resources are designed to provide support for a child's skill development in this area.
Our current range includes games and workbooks designed to assist development of eye-hand co-ordination, fine motor skills, motor planning, listening skills, following instructions, turn taking and letter name, initial letter-sound associaiton and letter formation/shape recognition skills which in turn, help develop their ability to learn to read, write & spell confidently when they enter school!
Reading, writing and spelling requires the use of both eyes to track, simultaneously following letters and words across the page or board together with the arms, hands & wrists when writing and this is, of course a complex cognitive-motor skill.
We all value the importance that handwriting plays in the overall development of effective literacy abilities and being an OT, I can't emphasise enough how essential movement & play-based learning is, to a child's overall health, well-being and their readiness to make the school transition.
Use at home, playgroup, daycare or kindergarten.