This is a handout I give to teachers, parents and other team members. This handout explains why strengthening is important. The product then lists activities in 3 categories: hand strength, upper extremity/shoulder and functional tasks. All of these are fun (non handwriting!) based activities. If you are unsure, please download my freebie that is just for functional activities.
Have you ever heard your child say that their hand hurts? Maybe you have observed your child shake or stretch their hand while writing, or have seen your child’s writing become bigger or sloppier, the longer they write. Your child may have low hand and upper extremity strength that is effecting their handwriting.
There are many muscle groups that go into handwriting. Arm muscles are connected - hand strength relies upon shoulder strength and which then relies upon core strength. Students need adequate core strength or stability to write (i.e.: proper desk posture). Then children need good upper extremity (shoulder) strength that supports hand strength. Luckily, children can work on all of these muscle groups without writing!
DISCLAIMER: This is intended to be a handout for OTs, parents, teachers, and other team members. This is not intended to replace therapy. Please consult with your OT or physician if you have questions.