Help Your Child with Handwriting

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What can an occupational therapist do?
Demonstrate proper posture to supports the proper use of the arms, hands, head, and eyes.
Measure the level of physical strength and endurance.
Analyze fine motor control, such as the ability to hold a writing utensil.
Determine visual and perceptual ability that influences a child's ability to form letter and shapes using a writing utensil.
Help develop and evaluate handwriting curriculums and collaborate with teachers on effective strategies.
Suggest home activities that promote the development of skills needed in good handwriting.

What can parents and families do?
Encourage children to participate in sports and games that could improve visual, motor, and coordination skills, such as playing ball, jacks, marbles, and outdoor sports.
Require children and teens to use silverware when eating to develop hand grip.
Provide an activity that exercises the hands, such as cutting pie dough or pizza and using cookie cutters.
Encourage writing handwritten letters to grandparents and friends.