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Occupational Therapy News from Ms. Sherwin for January, 2020

The holidays are over and winter has arrived. Hopefully all the students had a great winter vacation and will be returning to school eager to learn and ready to work hard. Over the past few months I have noticed that some children are forming their letters at the bottom or with a right to left directionality. It is important to remind children to start their letters at the top and with the correct formation. If students get in the habit of forming their letters incorrectly at a young age, it is a difficult habit to break. Reasons it is important for a child to start their letters at the top and with the correct formation include -

1. Handwriting is an essential skill for both children and adults. Handwriting continues to be a primary tool of communication.

2. Research shows that handwriting is also linked to early literacy and academic performance.

3. Handwriting is important for the development of fine motor skills and is incorporated throughout their school day.

4. Handwriting in the elementary grades increases tremendously, and typically students spend 85% of their time working on pencil and paper tasks.

Another important piece to handwriting is the proper grasp on writing implements. I strongly encourage students to hold a pencil/marker with three digits (thumb, index, and middle finger). I say “pinch at the tip and have the pencil rest on the bed of the hand (web space between thumb and index on the top). The last two digits are “sleeping,” or tucked into the palm of the hand. You may also have your child hold a pom pom with the last two digits.

Children enjoy working at a vertical surface, so have them practice while in the tub with shaving cream and have your child write the uppercase letters in the shaving cream on the wall. It’s a great way for students to learn their letters, but it also keeps the walls clean as well!

Hope this information is helpful. Parents/guardians can also go to the LWT web page for more assistance at www.lwtears.com and search for “Parents” at the top.

Amy Sherwin, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Speech Pathologist

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    School Psychologist
    Phone: 8035

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    OT Assistant
    Phone: 8331

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    Special Education Teacher
    Phone: 8328