This is a face to face handwriting assessment by an occupational therapist (Sheilagh Blyth) taking place in your child’s school or home. Specifically examining and providing next steps guidance on how to improve your child’s handwriting. After the assessment, you will receive a written report.
Suitable for children aged 4 and above.
Handwriting help for Chichester, West Sussex and the surrounding area
This handwriting assessment services is a regional service. And as such operates within a 60 minute drive from Chichester, West Sussex.
More details about the assessment:
It is the ‘best of the best’ in terms of understanding what handwriting difficulties your child has.
Looking at why a child may struggle to write and how you can help them improve their handwriting skills. It is a face to face handwriting assessment comprising of looking at writing, fine motor, and visual perceptual skills. The reason why we look at fine motor skills is that these are needed before handwriting skills can develop. Furthermore visual perceptual skills are needed to stop letter reversals and handwriting speed.
For older children, the assessment includes a handwriting speed test, called the DASH (Detailed Assessment of Speed Handwriting). The results of this can be used to support extra time allowance in schools known as access arrangements.
Prior to the visit, we will discuss any handwriting concerns to you or and your child has. A full history will be taken including any medical conditions. It is good to know about developmental history for example when did you child crawl? Also, it’s helpful to know what interventions you have tried either yourself or your child’s school. This helps form a complete picture of your child’s needs.
Assessments usually takes place either in your child’s school or home. The reason for this is because this is usually where they will feel most comfortable. Initial feedback will be given to you and their class teacher after the assessment.
It is suitable for all children including those with special educational needs.
Please note that at the time of paying you will be asked to add ‘shipping costs’. This is where I include my travel time. It equates to:
£10 per lesson – Under 10 miles from Chichester PO19 9LW (one-way). For example if living in Chichester, Barnham, Tangmere, Bognor, Boxgrove, Witterings or in the surrounding villages you would select this option.
£15 per lesson – Between 11 -25 miles from Chichester PO19 9LW (one-way). For example if you are to the east of Chichester in Arundel, Littlehampton, Rustington or Worthing you would select this travel option. Or living west of Chichester in Havant, Emsworth, Hayling Island or Portsmouth you would select this travel option. Lastly, if living north of Chichester in Storrington, Midhurst, Petersfield or Billingshurst you would select this travel option.
For those who live over 25 miles from Chichester, please do contact me to obtain a bespoke travel cost.