Handwriting is a complex process of managing written language. If you have noticed that your child has difficulties with handwriting or school has identified that your child struggles with written tasks at school, he/she needs to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist.

In High Five Children’s OT, we offer handwriting assessment, intervention and advice to children and young people in primary or secondary school.

Your child needs to be seen by Occupational Therapist if she/he has following problems with handwriting:

  • Knowing how to form letters and numbers from memory.
  • Letter/Number orientation (direction the letters/numbers are facing).
  • Placement of the letters/numbers on the lines of the paper.
  • Size of the letters/numbers.
  • Starting the letters/numbers at the proper place.
  • How to sequence the formation of the letters/numbers.
  • Spacing between letters and words.
  • Handwriting control, neatness, and overall legibility.
  • Discomfort in gripping

There are some conditions which can cause handwriting difficulties:

  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental delay
  • Dyspraxia / motor coordination difficulties
  • Brain injury
  • Neurological problem

What can be done?

A handwriting assessment is the best way to quickly identify handwriting concerns.

The purpose of assessment is to look at letter formation, spacing, alignment, speed and legibility of handwriting and also determine the underlying flaws in foundation that make up handwriting. In High Five Children’s OT, we use standardised and non-standardised assessments based on the child’s age.

Handwriting intervention

Following the handwriting assessment, therapist would offer a block of sessions. The individual handwriting sessions can either take place in clinic, home or your child’s school. Each session takes for 45 minutes depending on the child’s ability and age. There will be between 8 -12 sessions. Some children may need shorter sessions if they have ADHD, brain injury or short attention span to make it more suitable for them. The handwriting treatment is a combination of using a cognitive approach. The Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance Approach (CO-OP) and sensory strategies. Research studies shown that cognitive and task-oriented approaches have been found to support transference of skills across a wide range of areas due to children developing strategies to use when approaching new tasks (Blank et al 2019; Smits-Engelsman B.C.M et al., 2012; Schwartz et al., 2020).

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What our client’s say

I received a thorough handwriting assessment for my A level exam. The suggested strategies were really specific and help me to get additional help in my A Level exam

Sherry’s holistic approach of working closely with the school and us as parents provides real benefits. Sherry uses practical OT techniques which have improved our sons: Fine and gross motor skills, his handwriting and focus at school.

Joanna, Parent

Sherry is a very experienced Paediatric OT who understands children and possible underlying issues. She’s been working with our little boy and is patient, kind, firm, persistent and uses encouragement and fun activities to motivate him.

My son has been attending Sherry’s sessions for about six months now. Due to various sensual and motor issues he required a complex approach to work different variety of issues. Since he has started the sessions he has made a great visible progress in writing. Sherry has also made a great job focusing on my son’s eating habits and as a result more foods were introduced . She is a very devoted highly qualified professional. I highly recommend her both for the OT assessments and as a lead therapist to implement an OT program.

Anastasia, Parent

I’ve met Sherry she is so calming, knowledgeable and my son loves our catch ups with her. Her advice has given my son confidence.

Jan, Parent

We were concerned that our daughter was having difficulty with her pencil grip and her letter formations were suffering as a result (many letters were also inverted). Her assessment at the High Five Clinic was both comprehensive and professional. The potential problems were swiftly identified and we opted for the 6 week intervention package by their occupational therapist. We have completed the course and the difference is quite formidable. Its still a work in progress, but the confidence that my daughter has gained whilst writing and drawing is priceless. Thank you so much.

Kattie, Parent

Our OT at High Five Clinic, was experienced and professional and had a lovely manner with myself as a parent and my son who was being assessed. She was patient and attentive with our son and explained what was required of him clearly as she went along, without putting him under pressure. She also listened to all our parental concerns. After the assessment, we received our report very quickly which, was clear and concise and very helpful for us to understand our son’s needs better. I would highly recommend Guildford handwriting Clinic to anyone concerned about their child’s handwriting difficulties.

Naz, Parent

Sherry provided an excellent service. She has a calming manner and my son always felt at ease. Her report was clear and detailed and has helped my son gain the right support moving forward.

Lucy, Parent