Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Difficulties with Handwriting

Practical tips for practical people

An online course for anyone who supports children in kindergarten or school to become a literate person. Member Rita Robinson presents practical solutions and techniques that can assist with three very common problems for children who experience difficulties with handwriting including pencil grasp, letter formation and self monitoring skills. DURATION: 2 hrs

Rita Robinson is an occupational therapist who for over fifteen years worked in the field of paediatrics both in clinic and school-based settings. Generally those encountered with handwriting difficulties relate to the early skills of letter formation, sizing and position on the line; skills usually learnt in the first year of a child’s school career.

“As a private writing specialist within the Waikato region, the majority of referrals are for children approximately nine to ten years of age. By this age these referred children often have quite negative perceptions of their ability to write and about the task of handwriting itself. This experience of struggling to master handwriting appeared to have a rippling effect on a child’s belief in their self as a learner. This negative affect on a child’s self-belief was very concerning for me, especially as these children still had, at a minimum, another eight years of engaging in a task they found disempowering and frustrating”. (Robinson R., (2008) Teaching handwriting – more than writing the alphabet)

Who Should Participate?

Anyone who supports children in kindergarten or school to become a literate person.

Rita will present practical solutions and techniques that can assist with three very common problems for children who experience difficulties with handwriting including:

  • pencil grasp – the focus of these techniques will be for those children who are still learning to write. When to focus on this and when to let it go!
  • letter formation – when, why and how to address it
  • self monitoring skills.

Course costs (incl gst):

OTNZ-WNA Members: $65.00 (including GST)
Student Members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non Members: $95.00 (including GST)

Course duration is 2 hours: Approximately one hour of pre-reading plus one hour audio and video tuition. A certificate of completion is given upon successful completion.

CLICK HERE to register for Difficulties with Handwriting