JANUARY 22, 2011: Handwriting! For Goodness Sake, People! It’s 2011. We Text, Tweet, Chat, Google, Moodle, and more. Why Are We Still Teaching Handwriting?
Date: January 22, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
Peggy Morris, OTR/L
Where: Therapro Showroom
225 Arlington St
Framingham, MA 01702
Registration: Please email (email@example.com) or call (1-800-257-5376) to register
Description: I know you have heard this question. As a vitally important childhood occupation, handwriting is necessary to master even in this technological world we live in. Remediation for handwriting difficulties has garnered much attention in the literature. Simultaneously, handwriting instruction as a general education curriculum consideration has suffered an identity crisis. We’ll talk about handwriting instruction versus handwriting remediation through a discussion about the process this therapist underwent to have a consistent handwriting instruction curriculum adopted in the primary grades in one school district. We’ll discuss handwriting remediation in the context of private practice and in the context of school-based practice.
· Become comfortable with the discussion for why instruction for manual handwriting as a developmental skill is vitally important to continue in this age of technology
· Become familiar with the Massachusetts ELA/handwriting instruction frameworks
· Become familiar with some recent research on handwriting
· Understand how handwriting becomes an automatic skill and the system supports required for children to master this skill.