We have created three activity programs to help a child improve their physical strength for handwriting.
The programs help to get you started, if a child needs to improve more than one strength, by providing a mix of games that work each of the strengths listed in the boxes below.
Each program has six activities per week and runs for six weeks, with the muscle group being worked on shown above the name of the activity.
1. From the Assessment Sheet identify the strengths a child needs to improve.
2. Choose the program below that works on all these.
3. Print off the Program and Games Instructions.
A range of activities from the relevant area, or areas, from the Physical Ability section should be included per week as hand skills depend on many different elements. This will also help to prevent you and the child getting bored with the same activities. It is important that the child does each of the activities throughout the week to ensure that they are developing skills across the motor skills spectrum, as it is a combination of these that helps us to develop our fine motor skills.
It is suggested that each activity should last about 10 minutes, not much longer, so that the child does not get bored with the activity. If however they are enjoying the game or activity then they can carry on as you feel appropriate.
Talk through with the child, especially older children, why they are doing these activities and how they may help them to improve certain skills they are struggling with. The more they feel part of the process and understand the reasoning for it, the more they are likely to participate willingly and enthusiastically. As they see improvements in their own abilities, so their self-esteem and confidence will grow.
The one week and two weeks activity record sheets are designed so that you and the child can keep track of which exercises have been chosen and how often they are being done. Instructions on how to play the games along with a range of activity pictures that relate to the activities suggested have been created for you to use (Activity Picture Library).
The sheets will help you to remember which activities you have used and ensure you cover a broad range over time. A record of activities would be useful if you feel that the child may require additional support at school. The school may be able to implement some of the activities into the child’s school day, so that they are being supported at home and school.