This is a face to face handwriting assessment by an occupational therapist (me) taking place in your child’s school or home examining and providing next steps guidance 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 surrounding area
Please note, my Handwriting Assessment services is a regional service operating within a 60 minute drive from Chichester, West Sussex.
This is the ‘best of the best’ in terms of understanding what handwriting difficulties your child has. It looks at why they 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. Visual perceptual skills are needed to stop letter reversals and handwriting speed.
For older children, the assessment will include 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 assessment, you will be asked questions about whatever it may be that is troubling you regarding your child’s handwriting. A full history of past handwriting problems, any medical conditions/developmental history and interventions tried by either yourself or your child’s school will also be asked to form a picture.
The assessment 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 is given to you and their class teacher after the assessment.
It is suitable for all children including those with special educational needs.