As an occupational therapist and a parent, I find it is always difficult to get children to practice handwriting. Imagine if another adult was trying to get you to practice something you are not confident with and is difficult for you. Working with children who have special needs, I’ve often pondered how to motivate them to practice handwriting. Here are a few tips that have helped me:
- Keep is short – Give them exact expectations such as “let’s practice these 3 letters 10 times each and then we’re done!”
- Keep it fun– Play a board game and after each turn practice writing a word.
- Give rewards– If they earn 3 stickers for neat handwriting this week let them pick something from a treasure chest.
- Try video modeling– Watching letter formations on your electronic devices (like The TV Teacher) is fun and very motivating for children.
Teaching children to write is challenging but handwriting is a fundamental skill needed for academic development. Keeping writing fun is a key element to success, particularly for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, or children with learning differences.
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