What You Need to Know about Pencil Grasp

What You Need to Know about Pencil Grasp

Maintaining an efficient pencil grasp is an important step in writing so that you child can write legibly and for an expected period of time. Ideally, by five to six years of age, we would like to see a child using a tripod pencil grasp. This is when the pencil is held between the thumb, index and middle fingers with the index finger and thumb forming an open space. Movement comes from the finger tips.
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Pencil cases – an unexpected classroom distractor!

Pencil Cases – An Unexpected Classroom Distractor!

One of the best ways to get your kids looking forward to the upcoming school year and support them to be organised, is to get them the perfect pencil case. But, wow isn’t there plenty to choose from! Children often want the most colourful, extravagant and bold pencil cases. Pencil cases with zippers, glitter, images or animals and many compartments. But did you know your child’s pencil case may be hindering their learning, attention and organisational skills?

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Chores and kids are a good mix!

Chores and Kids are a Good Mix!

Supporting a child’s independence in occupations they need or want to do is at the core of the Occupational Therapist role. Completing household chores, such as food preparation, cleaning and gardening, supports independence with living skills. However, did you know that evidence suggests completing household chores can also improve a child’s executive functioning? We bet that caught your attention! Perhaps having your child help with chores around the house can be a win-win after all.

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Five Fun Activities to Practice Handwriting

Five Fun Activities to Practice Handwriting

“Getting my child to practice handwriting is so challenging!” Does this sound like the words were taken out of your mouth? Engaging children in handwriting can be made easier with fun activities that spark their interest. That is why we have made a list of five, fun activities that you can do at home! So, if your Occupational Therapist has given your child strategies, whether that be to improve their pencil grasp, letter formation, writing on the line, letter heights or letting sizing (just to name a few areas of handwriting!), or you are just looking to help your child with their handwriting practice, you can give these activities a go. Continue Reading…

Tips for left handed writers

5 Top Tips for Left Handed Writers

Lots of children who are left-handed are able to write and complete tasks without any concern at all. Sometimes, making some small modifications can make a big difference and can make writing easier! If your child is left-handed, try the following tips and strategies to help your child be successful in the classroom and in the home environment.

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Making Writing Fun!

Five Fun Writing Activities

If you have a child that finds writing difficult, it can be tricky to find a writing activity that is enjoyable and motivating. While technology is being integrated into the classroom more and more, writing is still the main way children record the information they learn, therefore making it an important skill for learning.

These five activities have been tried and tested and are guaranteed to get your child having fun whilst writing:

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10 Apps to Develop Writing Skills

10 Apps to Develop Writing Skills

rED Writing

This app is great for developing letter formation and is appropriate for ages 4 -7. The app teaches correct formation of number, lower case and capital letters according to NSW Foundation font. Try the ‘shake a letter’ and ‘letter of the day’ options as well!

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