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Occupational Play Therapy for Sensory Input to Aid Handwriting Skills

by on August 14, 2017

Many children, especially with special needs don’t tolerate sitting at a table, and especially WRITING at a table.  As people, we are sensory beings and most of us learn better with supported or added sensory input to an activity.  That is why we sing the alphabet and why some kids learning to spell will do so while skipping rope.  Here we have taken to writing on the window so that the body is not restricted behind a table or in a chair.  Her head is not in an upright position. By being in a quadruped position her body is creating new neuropathways to this task.  She is learning to process writing differently.  She is getting feedback from the position of her body, through her arm that is weight-bearing, and all her muscles that are working hard to write on a large vertical surface with larger motions.


Here, prone on the swing with the lobster claw: Motor planning and grip strengthening to manipulate open/close motion- supports fine motor skills and tool usage.  Tool usage is important – as adults we use tools as an extension of our bodies everyday with eating utensils, writing utensils, playing sports (hockey, golf, baseball), brushing teeth, etc.

For more information, MOSAIC Children’s Therapy locations are in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle, WA.

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