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Handwriting is one of the primary reasons for referral to occupational therapy. Despite the assistive technology available today, most students will require some amount of handwriting skill. Handwriting difficulties can be related to many factors: poor postural control, impaired motor function, limited cognitive skills, visual deficits, and sensory processing problems. The school-based occupational therapist will work closely with the educational team to determine the underlying causes of the handwriting concerns, and will determine if intervention is appropriate.
Most children begin showing an interest in pre-writing skills at a very early age. Children as young as one year old will play with and crumple paper. By age two, children seek out writing tools and attempt to imitate what they see others writing or drawing. By age three, children are drawing lines and circles. By age five, most children can copy about 9 basic lines and shapes including an X, a square, and a triangle.
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