“The teacher is primarily responsible for handwriting instruction. The therapist’s role is to determine underlying postural, motor, sensory integrative, or perceptual deficits that might interfere with the development of legible handwriting” (Stephens and Pratt 1989).
Many children referred for Occupational Therapy have difficulties with handwriting- namely legibility, poor grip, sizing and spacing difficulties, speed etc. it is the Occupational Therapist’s task to assess the child and identify the underlying cause of these difficulties.
Letter formation requires integration of visual, motor, sensory and perceptual systems.
Occupational therapist may assess different areas like fine motor, postural control and stability, visual perception and visual motor integration, sensory systems, cognition, spatial organisation skills, etc
Children struggling with handwriting may soon become frustrated and lose motivation. That is why early intervention is required here before they lose interest in writing.
We see many children with such difficulties and have observed that handwriting also improves performance in other academic aspects, self-confidence and social behaviour.