Many children who come to occupational therapy handwriting assessments at Child and Family Development have difficulty in the classroom.
I think that most parents are surprised by all of the assessments and skill sets that we test in order to decide how to help with handwriting. A thorough handwriting assessment could include the following areas if your occupational therapist feels that they may be a contributing factor:
- Handwriting samples including writing from memory, copying near point and far point for both letters and numbers.
- Use of age appropriate paper.
- Grasping patterns on the pencil.
- Letter formation and reversals.
- Visual perceptual skills, especially discrimination (finding pictures that are the same).
- Fine motor coordination of the pencil.
- Visual motor integration, or copying shapes.
- Core, postural, arm, hand, and/or grasp strength.
- Gross motor coordination.
- Manual dexterity, fine motor speed and precision.
- Attention, motivation, and frustration.
- Visual screening of scanning, tracking, convergence, divergence.
- Additional visual perceptual skills if difficulty is suspected including visual figure ground, form constancy, visual closure, spatial relations, discrimination, memory, sequential memory.
- Consideration of patterns that may indicate learning disability, dyslexia, or dysgraphia and appropriate referral to an educational specialist.
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