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Operating as usual 04/26/2020

N.J. Schools Have Been Forcing Students With Disabilities To Promise Not To Sue Before Providing Services

Interesting..... it’s about NJ but much of what is said is applicable to all school districts Special education groups are taking issue with waivers from schools — but the districts say they're necessary in this unprecedented time.


Mindful Moments Preschool & Before/After School Care

Look at the differences between a typical younger child’s hand (left) and a typical older child's hand (right). I have parents asking regularly why their preschool aged child isn’t able to write yet. This is why! Their hands (and brains) are still developing and are not fully formed. So what should they be doing to support this? PLAY!! Playdough, colouring, cutting, gluing, playing outside, digging in dirt, sensory play, dress up play, science experiments, beading, puzzles, throwing balls, etc. All of these things help their hands develop. When they are physically ready to write, they will! No need to rush them, they will show you when they are ready! 03/13/2020

Pencil Grasp, Legibility and Speed of Handwriting - Your Therapy Source Recent research completed video analysis on 120 typically developing fourth grade students performing a handwriting task. The pencil grasps were categorized into six groups (four mature, one immature and one alternating grasp). Speed and legibility of handwriting was evaluated. The results indicated...

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How to Help Your Child Improve Handwriting How can you help your child improve handwriting? Get ideas for handwriting practice for kids, like handwriting sheets and tips. 01/25/2020

Messy Handwriting in Kids: What You Need to Know Why does your child have messy handwriting? Learn more about what causes messy or illegible writing, and how to help. 01/22/2020

8 Ways to Celebrate National Handwriting Day | National Pen Penning a handwritten letter and writing notes by hand have more benefits than you'd think. National Pen gives 8 ways to celebrate National Handwriting Day! 01/13/2020

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy

No surprises here 6 ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated. 12/31/2019

Stanford researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early When waiting is good. 12/29/2019

Super Easy Binder Slantboards - Kids Play Smarter Slantboards are a great tool to use to improve wrist and finger positioning when writing. Learn how to make your own super easy slantboard for less than $5. 12/29/2019

Texas students will have to learn cursive again starting this fall Starting this year, students will learn how to write cursive letters in second grade. 12/10/2019

Losing our grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills

No surprise there! Schools are having to spend more money on occupational therapy because children are entering school without fine motor skills. 11/30/2019

Texas students will have to learn cursive again starting this fall Starting this year, students will learn how to write cursive letters in second grade. 11/26/2019

Nine-year old non-speaking boy writes bestseller book about autism for educators, parents, and students

Awesome story! "I would advise teachers to treat their students humanely regardless of their beliefs about disabilities," Diego Pena, Age 9 By Debra Muzikar A coup 11/20/2019

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down. 10/28/2019

Handwriting Help Archives - Kids Play Smarter Tips on how to improve your child’s handwriting


Recent theories in psychology, phenomenology and philosophy of mind, and neuroscience – commonly referred to as “embodied cognition” – indicate that #perception and #motor action are closely connected and, indeed, reciprocally dependent.

Writing by hand can improve a person’s #memory. A 2017 study in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that #brain regions associated with #learning are more active when people completed a task by hand, as opposed to on a keyboard. Using EEGs to study electrical brain activity, the authors of the study observed that when describing words using a keyboard, upper alpha/beta/gamma range activity in the central and frontal brain regions were observed, especially during the ideation phase. The authors of the study say writing by hand may promote “deep encoding” of new information in ways that keyboard writing does not.

Other researchers have posited that writing by hand promotes learning and #cognitive development in ways keyboard writing can’t match. Slowing down, as required when writing by hand, also has many advantages. Because typing is fast, it tends to cause people to employ a less diverse group of words. Research also suggests that when laptops are used to take notes, they may be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing. A 2014 study in the journal Psychological Science found that students who took notes in longhand tested higher on measures of learning and #comprehension than students who took notes on laptops. While the students who typed could take down what they heard word for word, “people who took longhand notes could not write fast enough to take verbatim notes — instead they were forced to rephrase the content in their own words,” says Daniel Oppenheimer, co-author of the study and a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. “To do that, people had to think deeply about the material and actually understand the arguments. This helped them learn the material better.”

It also seems that there’s not the same #connection to the #emotional part of the brain when people type, as opposed to writing in longhand. “When we #write a letter of the alphabet, we form it component-stroke by component-stroke, and that process of production involves pathways in the brain that go near or through parts that manage #emotion,” says Virginia Berninger, a professor emerita of education at the University of Washington. Hitting a fully formed letter on a keyboard is a very different sort of task — one that doesn’t involve these same brain pathways. Berninger’s NIH-funded work has also found that learning to write first in print and then in cursive helps young people develop critical reading and thinking skills.

Psychologists have long understood the powerful effects of writing on the human brain. Personal, emotion-focused writing can help people recognise and come to terms with their feelings. Since the 1980s, studies have found that “the writing cure,” which normally involves writing about one’s feelings every day for 15 to 30 minutes, can lead to measurable physical and mental health benefits. These benefits include everything from lower #stress and fewer #depression symptoms to improved #immune function. And there’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing. A commonly cited 1999 study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that writing about a stressful life experience by hand, as opposed to typing about it, led to higher levels of self-disclosure and translated to greater therapeutic benefits.

Longhand note-taking can help people in certain situations form closer connections. One example is that “a doctor who takes notes on a patient’s symptoms by longhand may build more rapport with patients than doctors who are typing into a computer,” says Oppenheimer. And the impersonal nature of keyboard-generated text may also, in some small way, be contributing to the observed toxicity of online #bullying and mean behaviour. If words weren’t quite so easy to produce, it’s possible that people would treat them — and maybe each other — with a little more care.

There are so many reasons why handwriting and using longhand to formulate our communications, and those of our family, is good for learning, thought processing and the betterment of the social fabric we exist in. Let’s hope that good old-fashioned handwriting makes a comeback and never becomes an extinct art form.

#neurochild #authors #writers #education #brainscience 09/12/2019

Cursive is coming back to the classroom this fall TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) The state is bringing back cursive to Ohio classrooms after nearly a decade without it. Starting this Fall, elementary teachers will once again have the materials to teach cursive thanks to House Bill 58. Ohio lawmakers approved the change in December, and Governor John Kasich si...


Please contact me if you are interested in bringing the Size Matters Handwriting program to your district. I am available for onsite and remote training for therapist and teacher professional development.

3-hour presentation on Size Matters Handwriting Program at NJOTA! It was a great day!!!! For those who couldn't make it, the 3-part webinar series is $40 off till the end of October at $159. Earn .7 CEUs at home


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Pencil Grasp, Legibility and Speed of Handwriting - Your Therapy Source Recent research completed video analysis on 120 typically developing fourth grade students performing a handwriting task. The pencil grasps were categorized into six groups (four mature, one immature and one alternating grasp). Speed and legibility of handwriting was evaluated. The results indicated...


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If you have time, check out Dr. Moskowitz' original research on the effectiveness of a task-oriented approach compared to a process-oriented approach on handwriting legibility among elementary school children!


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Another great guest blog post from our very own, Dr. Moskowitz via The Anonymous OT! 04/30/2019

3 Evidence-Based Benefits of Writing By Hand - Your Therapy Source Do you ever stop to think about the benefits of writing by hand? Are students and adults losing out on the benefits of writing by hand due to technology? 03/27/2019

Why Handwriting is Important for Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics The Why Handwriting is Important for Learning Infographic presents Handwriting facts about that show that Handwriting increases brain activity and retention 02/15/2019

Handwriting: Should we still teach it? - Should handwriting still be taught in schools, even in this age of technology? What's the best way to teach it? An expert answers these questions and more.


I'm hitting the Road .......#SMHP is back on the East Coast, in Newark, NJ for a 2-day workshop and Therapist Certification course at the Hilton, Penn Station. The full day SMHP workshop is March 13th. For colleagues who missed me on November 26th, in New York, please encourage them to attend Day One. A Day One course is a prerequisite for Certification on March 14th.



Send Before and After pictures of your student's handwriting using the Size Matters Handwriting Program. No names, however please notate with:

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Note your full name and mailing address so we can mail your Free Student Workbook. We will send you one FREE Student Workbook for each submission that has visible (and measurable) differences. This special offer is good until Valentine's Day, February 14, 2019.

Handwriting can be as easy and 1, 2, 3. Focus on Size, my friends. Form, function and fun lay ahead!!


Coordination and Motor Skills: What to Expect at Different Ages via Understood

Kids physically develop at slightly different rates. There are, however, milestones to watch for at certain ages. Keeping track of your child’s progress in physical coordination at different ages can help reveal potential issues.


If anyone is interested in 1:1 or small group training on the SMHP via the GoToMeeting platform, please inbox me. You will be able to get CEUs.


CBC News

The Roland School in southern Manitoba has a unique way to let students burn off some energy — and stop fidgeting in class.


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Thanks to Therapy Fun Zone, for sharing the Size Matters Handwriting Program on her blog. Read on!!


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SMARTER TOYS: iPads may be the trendy item for toddlers now, but a study just found that old-fashioned toys are far better for their development.





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