Monday, March 6, 2017
"Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand..." Click here to read the whole article Cursive Come Back.
Posted by Tiffany Powers-Reid, OTR/L at 9:34 AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017
This class began five weeks ago and the students have been amazing to work with. We have carefully immersed fine art techniques with handwriting skills. The work is inspiring and expressive. Although at times the work is challenging for some students, they always seem pleased once they work through it. Most students (even those that don't typically "like art") overcome great boulders as they get their feet wet.
Emoji Trading Cards
The students were asked to chose an expression from a list of emoji faces, and draw the image on a piece of styrofoam. After they prepared the background paper by drawing bold lines with bright colors they inked up their plate with a brayer. To print it they hand rubbed the back of the decorated paper on the inked plate. On the back the student wrote about the emoji.
Planet Spheres Trading Card
This project was a bit of a mess, because we used dusty chalk pastels for the planets. The kids made colorful spheres by blending the different shades and colors of pastel with their index finger. To prepare the stars in the background they splattered white tempera paint with a toothbrush onto black construction paper. They had fun writing about their imaginary planets.
Valentine's Day Card
Posted by Tiffany Powers-Reid, OTR/L at 11:53 AM
Monday, May 30, 2016
The road to handwriting success is often bumpy, but definitely worth the effort. This school year many of my clients have demonstrated remarkable improvement in the fundamentals of handwriting and pencil control. As a therapist and tutor, I love seeing how far my clients have come!
The below sample is from a typically developing 16-year old girl who had no prior cursive handwriting knowledge. We met for 3-one and half hour tutoring sessions, where she learned formation of all letters in cursive. Printing formation was also addressed in these sessions. All those who think it's too late for your older teenager to learn, the proof that it is not is below.
The below sample is from a 7-year old girl with Autism after one year of therapy. As her handwriting progress from wide ruler yellow highlighter paper to regular ruled paper, improvement on letter formation, letter size and letter placement was noted.
The below sample is from an typically developing 10-year old male after 3 tutoring sessions. Prior to our sessions, his mother taught his some cursive writing. At our initial meeting, he demonstrated 70% accuracy with letter formation and 5% of capital letters formation. In regards to letter connection, he demonstrated 40% accuracy. As you can see below, he now demonstrates 100% accuracy in all areas.
The below samples are from an 9-year old girl with Downs Syndrome over a 12 month period of therapy. Improvement with pencil control and grasp were also observed.
Posted by Tiffany Powers-Reid, OTR/L at 9:53 AM
Sunday, April 10, 2016
This past weekend I enjoyed every minute at the 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo. Over 9,000 occupational therapist and students from across the country came together to share knowledge and research findings over a 4 day period in over 1,000 educational sessions. I left conference with an expanded knowledge base and bags full of new OT tools (or as my clients call them toys). Neitherless, top of my list of unforgettable experiences this weekend was meeting MAT MAN!!!
Posted by Tiffany Powers-Reid, OTR/L at 11:45 PM
Friday, February 12, 2016
Next Thursday "L" and "H" are ready of class adventures. Join PAINT WRITE NOW: Toddler and Preschool Class this Thursday and take advantage of our Febuary Special. For a limited time, the cost of the remaining 5 class is just $58. Don't miss out on another Thursday with PAINT and LETTER Adventures! As always your first class is FREE!!!
Posted by Tiffany Powers-Reid, OTR/L at 9:46 PM