Handwriting difficulties can be the result of a number of different underlying difficulties. Handwriting is a complex task, which requires many different skills to work together. In order to assist your child with handwriting, it may be necessary to conduct a full assessment. With a better understanding of your child’s needs, the Occupational Therapist will be able to unpick what may be causing the difficulty and help your child to target these skills, or provide adaptation to the activity to aid their success. Some of the areas to be considered are the following:
Handwriting difficulties can present in a number of different ways, such as:
How can we help?
By unpicking handwriting difficulties through ongoing assessment, the Occupational therapist will be able to provide a programme of activities to help address the underlying skills in order to help the child build a strong skill set related to handwriting. By strengthening the underpinning skills, we can avoid undesirable habits from developing as well as increasing motivation and confidence with writing. The Occupational therapist will also advise on adaptations to the task/ equipment where necessary to improve handwriting function.