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Tips From an Occupational Therapist

Gross and fine motor development activities

Included throughout the Teacher Edition, Tips from an Occupational Therapist offer gross and fine motor development activities developed by leading occupational therapists. These fun activities use ordinary classroom items, such as scissors, hole punches, clay, glue, paper, eyedroppers, and pipe cleaners, to strengthen gross and fine motor muscles, dexterity, and endurance.

The strength and control needed for writing are developed through play activities such as building with blocks, kneading and rolling dough, working puzzles, stringing beads, tracing, and cutting. Working on an easel or wall-mounted chalkboard is especially good for preparing the wrist and hand for writing. Developing these skills assists students in learning to form strokes, letters, and numerals correctly.

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Visit the Research and FAQs section to read more about occupational therapists' perspective on handwriting.

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