Improving Handwriting without Teaching Handwriting (P)


Course Description

Is handwriting the problem or the symptom?

This course attempts to answer that question by reviewing the literature about handwriting and visual-perceptual-motor function, describing a performance-based assessment/intervention model, and presenting a case study that illustrates the use of that model. The knowledge base presented includes both normal and atypical development of the entire body, because upper extremity functions require dynamic postural stability of the shoulder girdle on a stable trunk and independent movement of the head from the shoulders and the arms from the shoulders. Finally, the individual child's interests and current occupational roles are primary concerns, to ensure a level of motivation required for optimal cooperation and ultimate success.

Course Goal: To present an overview of handwriting in terms of visual-perceptual-motor function, that is, a whole body performance perspective.

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical foundations for visual-perceptual-motor problems affecting handwriting.
  • Experience simulated gross motor, fine motor, and oculomotor deficits that interfere with motor learning and skill development.
  • Adapt the performance-based assessment/intervention/maintenance model for home, school, or community environments.
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