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First Strokes Day 1: Handwriting Development for OTs, Pre-K-1st Teachers, and Special Educators

ESC-20 provides training and resources for special education related services. A related services cooperative is also available to assist in finding related service providers to support students with disabilities.

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Important Session Information:

Registering for this session covers DAY ONE of instruction.  Jan McCleskey, author and creator of the First Strokes handwriting products and owner of The Handwriting Clinic, will present information and strategies to meet a variety of handwriting needs!

The focus for day one is for occupational therapists and general/special educators focusing on fine motor skills, handwriting skills, and classroom interventions, particularly for grades Pre-K to 1st grade.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review selected research on grasp development and intervention and discuss reasons and strategies to change or “tweak” grasps
    when needed.
    • Identify activities for grasp and writing labs within a classroom or clinical setting
    • Identify incorrect grasp patterns and learn intervention for specific grasp pattern errors.
    • Practice skills for developing a dynamic grasp.
    • Discuss techniques for working on grasp development for preschoolers through 1st graders. Receive a code to access activities to work on pencil control and grasp development for both populations. OT/OTA’s will discuss relevance to their setting. Teachers will discuss relevance to their classroom.
    • Participate in active group discussion, on how to set up fine motor labs in a classroom.
    • Recognize the typical progression of handwriting in school and how to adapt ANY handwriting program to be more successful for students that struggle through large motor, medium motor and small motor techniques.
    • Develop techniques to work on sequencing and visual memory of letter formation.
    • Review research studies on multi-sensory handwriting at The Handwriting Clinic.
    • Participate 50 walk-around lab stations to explore fine motor activities and multisensory writing activities.
    • Discuss how to differentiate curriculum for students with special needs
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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(5) CPE - TEA Provider #015950
Seats Available:
Contact Person:
Emily Morlandt
Emily Morlandt
Date Time Location
1/30/2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Education Service Center Region 20 - TBD
1314 Hines, San Antonio, 78208


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