There are more than a dozen factors that can affect your child’s writing. Together, we will find the gaps, develop therapies that improve on these areas, all while making it seem like “child’s’-play”. The Hand Writing Module combines methods from Handwriting Without Tears, and several Whole-Body Exercise Programs to create an individualized and comprehensive therapy program for your child.
Free Basic Writing Test
Your child should be able to copy the following shapes from a sample:
Draw these samples before giving them to your child.
Vertical Strokes: 2 yr
Horizontal strokes: 2.5
Circles: 3 years
Cross: 4 year
Square 5 yr
Triangle: 5.5 yr
Note: males tend to copy slower than females (ages 7 and up)
Write the following sentence as many times as you can in one minute. Do the best job you can.
“The quick red fox jumps over the lazy brown dog”
Letters per minute ____________
Words per minute ____________
Scoring criteria below was based on 20 min. evaluation. However, we’re using 1 minute to save time.
Instructions: sit across from your child. Ask your child to place their hands on their knees. With your child’s eyes open say, “I am going to touch one or two of your fingers. You tell me or show me which fingers I touched.” Touch the right long finger with enough pressure to see your child’s finger move down slightly. Click on the image below for a score sheet. Place an X of Checkmark.
- Say, “close your eyes and keep them closed”. Touch your child’s Left hand Long Finger. Say, “open your eyes and show me which finger I touched”.
- Say, “close your eyes and keep them closed”. Touch your child’s Right hand Index Finger. Say, “open your eyes and show me which finger I touched”.
- Say, “close your eyes and keep them closed”. Touch your child’s Left hand Small Finger and Ring Finger. Say, “open your eyes and show me which finger I touched”.
- Say, “close your eyes and keep them closed”. Touch your child’s Right hand Ring Finger and Ring Finger. Say, “open your eyes and show me which finger I touched”.
Instructions: ask your child write for one minute please mark which hand they use and which of the typical grips was used (see chart below):
Instructions: ask your child write for one minute please mark which hand they use and which of the typical grips was used
Suggestions for help with Pencil Grip Issues
- Use a larger/thicker pencil or a pencil grip
- Use a slant board or 3 ring binder
- Place light sand paper under the paper for more feedback
- Ensure correct posture during writing
For children with vision or memory issues have them sit closer to the material being copied.[/fusion_tab][fusion_tab title=”Memory Test” icon=”fa-joomla”]
Short term memory is important in writing when copying from a board or from a teacher lecture. An effective way to test your child’s short term memory is to read out-loud numbers and have your child recall the numbers back.
READ TO CHILD:
I am going to say some numbers. Listen carefully, and when I am through, say them right after me. So, when I say “2-8”, you would say, “2-8).
. If your child interrupts before you begin. remind them to wait until you say go and start again.
|3 ‑ 8 ‑ 6||1||0|
|8 – 4 – 2 – 3 – 9||1||0|
|5 – 1 – 7 – 4 – 2 – 3 – 8||1||0|
digit span forward : short-term auditory memory, sequencing, and simple verbal expression Memory Span Across Age Level Age (in years)
|Age||Memory span for digits|
Ask your child to close their eyes. Gently touch different limbs (e.g., hand, elbow, knee, etc) and see if they can identify the part of their body you touched. See how close to the exact spot they touched. Also, look to see if they’re bothered by the touch (e.g., vigorously rub that spot as if to get rid of a stain).
Ability to use both sides of the body at the same time in a controlled and organized manner. Being able to coordinate both sides of the body is an indication that both sides of the brain are communicating and sharing information with each other.
Additional Tests to understand if your child interprets physical information to carry out motor actions. Click on Subscribe to find out more.
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Memory is only one factor. Working Memory and other factors are key. Register to find out more.
How your child sits can greatly affect their handwriting. Find out how simple changes can make a great difference.
The ability to direct and focus cognitive activity on specific stimuli (focusing). Click on Subscribe to learn more.
Awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs (proprioceptors) in the muscles and joints.
Balance and reaction to movement is crucial in all school activities. Want to know how to more? Click on Subscribe below.
Measures your child’s ability to view and copy movements. This is important for activities like copying from the black board or playing sports.
Ability to organize movements based on verbal instructions.
The Myth of 20/20 Vision
Your child may have 20/20 eyesight, but have multiple vision problems. Eyesight is a measurement of what your child is able to see from a specific distance. Find out several other key vision variables that can affect your child’s school performance.
Physical responses that are not willfully controlled by your child. Are your child’s reflexes normal? Click subscribe to find out more.