30 August 2011 by Christine Siddle - 151 comments
Christine Siddle has recently run a number of fine motor / handwriting groups within local schools with 4-6 students at a time. The group often begins with a screening assessment of each child’s strengths and weaknesses in the first session. Five treatment sessions follow and an intervention summary report is provided for each student at the completion of the group. The emphasis of the group is on fine tuning ‘detective skills’ so the students are more engaged and ready to learn; playing various games to address important hand dexterity skills; improving visual-motor skills such as colouring and drawing; improving fine motor skills such as cutting; and addressing handwriting skills, with particular emphasis on legibility and letter formation. The strategies taught are meant to be easy to recall and easy to put into practice. Parent attendance is also encouraged at these groups, to ensure carry-over of the skills at home, and colourful, but concise, handouts are also provided at the end of each session for the parents and teachers who are unable to attend the sessions. This is what one parent had to say about her son’s progress from the group:
Thank you so much for your assistance with helping (my child) to be a more confident writer. We have attached a couple of examples of then and now for your record to see just how much he has improved. He really is a more ‘happy writer’ because of these sessions. It would be great if these were available to all students learning to write, even in a larger class setting. The method has stuck in my mind and (my child’s) so it is really easy to correct if things start to slip; not that they do! All the best and hope to see you at the school again.
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