The Virtual Bell
Helping Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities Make Each Day A Little More Functional
Welcome to the virtual bell blog and podcast! I’m Erika and I’m a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) working in an elementary school. To read more on why I started this blog and what I can assist you with click here! (FYI, I’m all about helping the little ones succeed in school).
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As a therapist in the school system handwriting is where a majority of my students struggle the most.
Within this ebook, I cover 8 areas that are the main culprits of messy handwriting. I provide simple strategies and or activities that will address the problem area. These 8 areas include:
- Letter Sizing
- Spacing Errors
- Pencil Pressure
- Pencil Grip
- Weak Hand Strength
- Mixing Upper & Lower Case Letters
- Baseline Adherence
- Letter Formation
This ebook goes into the importance of handwriting and the benefits of learning correctly the first time. The book shines a light on how posture plays a huge role in producing neat writing as well.
So if this is something that you believe your child will benefit from, email me here, and let me know that you’re interested. (samples to come)
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