I often write about issues that concern my readers because I know that if one mom is worried, then chances are that others are as well. Today, I am going to address something that is a worry in my own life, and I am positive that many of you will appreciate the information.
How is your elementary school child’s handwriting?
How well is he/ she manipulating buttons and zippers?
Is cutting with scissors a struggle?
Do these issues translate to you having homework battles and buying clothes with special fasteners?
They do for me! I wish I could improve my child’s handwriting – without having him write!
I know that the underlying issue, in our case, is weak hand muscles. I have learned (the hard way) that addressing the problem is not best done by trying to make writing more fun.
(HOLY BACKFIRING MELTDOWN)
Imagine my excitement and relief when my friend Claire at the Inspired Treehouse wrote this article on 35 ways to strengthen hand muscles… without writing! We have been doing many of these, but since I read the article and stepped things up I have seen a HUGE improvement!Improve your child's #handwriting without writing! #PediatricOT #SpecialNeeds Click To Tweet
It’s one of the most common problem areas I see with kids in my pediatric occupational therapy practice: hand strength.
Kids who struggle with hand strength may have difficulty with grasping a pencil, learning to use scissors, and managing clothing fasteners. They are also likely to struggle with handwriting and other classroom skills.
There are tons of creative and playful activities for kids that can target hand strength. My favorites fall into three main categories… (Click here to continue reading – her ideas will make a note-worthy difference. They did for us!)
Check out the other articles I shared from my friends at The Inspired Treehouse: