Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession working to promote the health and wellbeing of all individuals through occupation. Occupation can be defined as everything that people do during everyday life.
- World Federation of Occupational Therapists
For children, some of their occupations include self-care activities (dressing, eating, etc), playing, and school related tasks. Even though the use of technology continues to grow, handwriting (or printing – both will be used synonymously) is the primary tool of communication and assessment for students in the classroom. Concerns related to handwriting is one of the fastest growing areas of referral to occupational therapy. Handwriting isn’t taught consistently in every classroom, and many students struggle with handwriting due to neurodevelopmental difficulties, motor control, poor muscle strength/tone or lack of experience.
Children who struggle with the quality and/or speed of writing are frequently at a disadvantage in the classroom. There are many well-documented consequences of poor handwriting in research literature including secondary consequences of poor self-esteem and underachieving in school.
Fortunately, there are also many studies which offer strong evidence that structured handwriting instruction leads to improved writing performance, academic success, and improved self-esteem.
Only a small number of children qualify to receive OT services in the school system, and without support will continue to struggle therefore, Blooming Abilities is offering a service to support these underserviced children and help them achieve the academic success their families believe they can!