Kim Toomer MOT MOTR/L, occupational therapist, recently completed 2 award winning Handwriting Without Tears¬Æ (HWT) courses called:
- Get Set for School¬Æ Pre-K Readiness
- Writing Workshop and K-5 Handwriting Workshop
The Pre-K Readiness course recommends the use of lively music and playful activities to help young children build a solid foundation for school success. This workshop introduced a readiness curriculum full of developmentally appropriate activities that teach children about letters, body awareness, numbers, sequencing, and sharing, all foundational skills for writing and school readiness.
The K-5 Handwriting Workshop offered many engaging multisensory techniques and research-based methods to make handwriting a natural and automatic skill for children of all ages and abilities. Dynamic instruction methods for teaching and remediating children‚Äôs handwriting skills from kindergarten pre-writing through school-aged cursive were included.
Kim says, ‚ÄúI am so glad to have participated in these dynamic continuing education courses! After completing these courses, I have a whole toolbox of new activities and ideas for teach Pre-K readiness and handwriting (both print and cursive), as well as remediating any handwriting difficulties children may have. I look forward to implementing these research-based methods in my pediatric practice.‚Äù
The Child and Family Development occupational therapy team of 10 providers offers free phone intakes and screens.