Handwriting is an integral part of every child’s school experience. Thirty to 60% of the elementary school child’s class time is spent in fine motor/writing activities, with writing as the predominant task. Some students have difficulty in the production of legible handwriting. Factors that contribute to illegible writing are incorrect letter formations or reversals, inconsistent size and height of letters, variable slant and poor alignment, and irregular spacing between words and letters.
Programs to address handwriting problems have been varied and include visual perception and visuomotor and letter formation training. In order to provide the best program to children both with and without handwriting problems, it is necessary for elementary educators to understand the factors underlying the skill of handwriting.
Treatment of handwriting difficulties is multisensory in nature. The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.
Dr. Malvika Samnani is a trained Occupational Therapist and is certified trainer of Handwriting Without Tears®.