This is AN UNIQUE handout you can give to parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, related service staff and problem solving teams to help work on hand strength for fine motor, visual motor and handwriting!
This includes TIPS to make activities easier or harder, and how to focus it on academics.
Introduction (page 3), introduction to fine motor / strengthening, what you need to know to strengthen these muscle groups and what you do not want to see during these activities.
4 pages of hand strengthening activities (pages 3,4,5,6)
2 pages of shoulder strengthening activities (pages 7,8)
1 page of functional activities (page 9).
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!
This is perfect for RTI / MTSS / 504 / IEP as an intervention for strengthening. This could also be used as activities in centers. This is also a perfect activity for occupational therapists OT, teachers, speech pathologists SLP, special education teachers SPED and other school professions while working on skills!
I am a school occupational therapist who has a doctorate in occupational therapy. I work closely with special education and general education staff adapting material. This is where I get my inspiration for this material. I have used my materials with a variety of children with different disabilities including learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, sensory processing disorder, ADD, ADHD, visual impairments, deaf/hard of hearing, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and more.
DISCLAIMER: By using this, you agree that this activity is not intended to replace the advice of a physician or occupational therapist. Information provided should not be used for diagnostic or training purposes. Please speak with your physician or OT if you have questions. Stop any activity if you are unsure about a child’s reaction or ability.