The focus on handwriting in the National Curriculum is now much greater, highlighting its importance and making the connection between a child’s handwriting and their composition and spelling ability. However, the development of handwriting is also a fundamental skill required for functioning throughout life.
Handwriting is a complex skill which involves many components; including posture, grasp and visual perception. For those students who experience difficulties in acquiring handwriting skills, it is important to target the relevant underlying cause. This session aims to enable participants to establish best practise promoting handwriting development for all students and to provide the appropriate strategies to support individual students who are experiencing difficulties.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:-
Identify the components of handwriting and possible causes of difficulties. Apply basic ergonomic and bio-mechanical principles to facilitate a child’s writing. Plan and implement individual handwriting targets within a classroom setting, including implementation of programmes provided by occupational therapists.
SENCos, Teachers and Teaching Assistants in Primary Schools in Dorset