Therapists

Resources to support you and your clients

What We offer…

15+ Years of Experience

Experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapist working part-time in my own private practice since 2004; long term home-educating mum of 5 children; children’s book author; and enjoy presenting at various training events for parents, educators and therapists.

Passion & Dedication

I desire to see children blossom by providing support, both professionally and personally to children of all ages and abilities, their families, educators and significant others, and to engage, encourage, equip and empower them to lead satisfying & fulfilling lives.

Events with you in mind!

I love to arrange and co-ordinate various evidence-based CPD events, both online and in-person for parents, carers, educators, teachers, librarians and therapists, often with a global audience – and currently co-admin several handwriting-specific closed FB groups.

Learning to handwrite with Ricardo Reading Mouse®

Current Handwriting Resources

In my clinical work, I have a great interest in the area of handwriting as I have worked with many children over the past 17 years, 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.

To provide support and guidance for children in my home state of Queensland Australia, I have developed an engaging, animated ‘Handwriting is Fun’ video tutorial series, please scroll down to see the links for these on my Learning with Ricardo Reading Mouse® Youtube Channel.

Please stay tuned for handwriting games and workbooks coming in the future!

 

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, Occupational Therapist & Teacher

 

I'm writing to say thank you

…………..for putting together such a concise and comprehensive overview of handwriting & CO-OP.  The PD was insightful and I very much appreciated the very strong emphasis on evidence-based interventions.

I’ve already seen the flow-on effects into my own practice and education I provide to parents regarding grasps and handwriting practice.

 

R. G, Occupational Therapist, Australia

Thought Provoking

Thanks for a very informative evidence-based session. It was interesting and thought-provoking.

 

Jean, Occupational Therapist, Melbourne, Australia

Thank you so much!

The Handwriting & CO-OP evidence to practice webinar has been one of the most valuable CPD sessions I have done in awhile and it is so wonderful to have it at an accessible time and format.

Is there any other opportunities coming up in the future?  I would love to engage in any other online sessions that you have planned.  Thank you so much.

 

Katherine, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Australia

Queensland Beginner Font Handwriting Tutorial Videos

To provide support and guidance for children in my home state of Queensland, in Australia, where the Queensland Beginner Font is taught in our education system, I have developed a short, engaging, animated 'Handwriting is Fun' video series, freely available for viewing on my Learning with Ricardo Reading Mouse® Youtube Channel.

It teaches the correct letter formation of all 26 letters in the English Alphabet. Thus far, only the lowercase letters have been released, via 3 short handwriting tutorial videos: Letters a-g; Letters h-p and Letters q-z.

Great for lessons at home or school!

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 association 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.

Visual Skills Workbooks

Ricardo’s Bingo

Ricardo’s Snap Cards

Online Course for Educators

'Handwriting Automaticity Matters' course enrolment has been extended for a limited time!

REGISTER TODAY  and don't miss out on joining this self-paced, short online course for busy educators!

The two week course enrolment period from Monday 11th March 2024 to Monday 25th March 2024 - has been extended for a limited time to allow opportunity for those viewing the free webinar replay - I look forward to seeing you inside the course!

It is designed to equip and empower you with simple, evidence-based strategies to help you support your students to improve their handwriting & overall literacy skills.

Discover why teaching handwriting in this digital age is still relevant and what handwriting automaticity is and its benefits for your students in regards to not only improving handwriting but their reading fluency, spelling and overall written communication skills.

I share invaluable, easy to apply 'tried & tested' strategies to integrate automated handwriting instruction and practice into your busy classroom without added stress and enable you to still fulfill your curriculum requirements.

You will learn how to best support your student's/child's ability to learn to read, write & spell - with confidence & joy - with minimal prep and next to no ongoing costs!  Definitely don't need to photocopy hundreds of pages of worksheets per student!

BUY NOW so you don't miss out on this great value PD at only AUD $129.00 (inc GST) and receive:

1. 12 months ACCESS ANYTIME, ANYWHERE on ANY DEVICE!

2. Certificate of completion for 1.5 hours of PD!

3. BONUS Reource: Pencil Grasp/Grip - The rising of a new dawn!  In this handy 17 page reference guide discover when and why or why not to change a child's pencil grip with evidence-based facts to support you.

The course takes about 100 minutes to complete and you can say goodbye to:

*endless late nights googling for 'easy prep' handwriting improvement ideas/activites/workbooks/handouts etc;

*the stress & overwhelm of wondering how to best help your students who are stuggling to improve their handwriting, reading and spelling!

*feeling guilty or regretful when agonising about whether or not to put handwriting aside and hope they learn to touch type quickly  - as now you will be equipped and empowered with an understanding of how beneficial automated, functional handwriting is to your students and you will be able to help them using easy, engaging, evidence-informed strategies for practice at home and in class.

Keen to learn more CLICK HERE now!  Looking forward to welcoming you!

Course registration has been extended for a limited time!

ENROL TODAY  in this evidence-informed online professional development course designed to meet you and your students' learning needs!  Course enrolment period is open for two weeks only from Monday 11th March 2024 - Monday 25th March 2024!

Online Course for Parents/Carers

'Let's Get School Ready!'

Is a self-paced, short online course for parents & carers, designed to help you prepare your child at home, in the early years, with the skills needed to learn to read, write & spell confidently, when they enter school!

Discover how movement & play-based learning together with the simplicity of reading, singing, listening and talking to your child, all provide such a precious foundation for life-long learning!

I share invaluable, low-cost, easy to do, developmentally-based tips and tricks to best support your child's ability to learn to read, write & spell - with confidence & joy!

Join now (takes only 3-4 hours to complete) and say goodbye to:

*endless late nights googling for 'easy prep' ideas to do with your toddler or young child!

*the stress & overwhelm of wondering how to best help your child before they get to school!

*feeling compelled to break the bank with expensive toys - learn how to opt instead for super-engaging, easy to use, low-cost loose parts play items

Keen to learn more click here now!  Looking forward to welcoming you!

GREAT VALUE - ONLY AUD $59 (inc GST)

Enrol in 'Let's Get School Ready! today and get started straight away!

Ricardo in young hands, hearts & minds!

Thank you to all of you, who have been enjoying learning:  ABC letter sounds, letter names and letter shapes with Ricardo Reading Mouse® apps, books, games, songs and videos and those reinforcing their learning of the short vowel 3-letter rhyming word families’ words using my uniquely designed word grid apps and book- and also those using my ‘download & print’ pre-reading and pre-writing card games and workbooks.

It is always a joy, to hear good reports coming in from all over the world!  Please continue to send in your photos, testimonies and Ricardo Reading Mouse® colouring ins!.

Sarah, Guangchou, China

Sarah, Guangchou, China

Enjoying learning her ABCs with Ricardo Reading Mouse® ABC Picture Book.

Rachel & Maria, Brisbane, Australia

Rachel & Maria, Brisbane, Australia

Tummy time reading at Logan City Council Library whilst enjoying Ricardo Reading Mouse® books, which are both available for loan at Logan City Council and Brisbane City Council Libraries! (children are reading whilst lying under My Burrow® Sensory Learning Tool)

Stephen, Adelaide, Australia

Stephen, Adelaide, Australia

Stephen learning his letter sounds and names with Ricardo's ABC Picture Book!

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