Handwriting Screenings and Evaluations

Screenings

This is a specialized service to assess children on their fine motor skills and writing abilities at school. Great for the preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten aged child. Parents appreciate the insight into their child’s skills and readiness for handwriting.  School provides service and location while parents sign up and make payment. Child screenings are 15 minutes.  Each child will receive a written summary of their skills.  This screening can also take place at clinic during office hours by appointment. $35 fee.

INFORMAL ASSESSMENT 

Usually for the 3-5 year old, this includes student evaluation session and parent interview (30 minutes). The assessment will consist of observation of handwriting sample and fine motor skills, a review of a writing sample provided by parent, and parent consultation following evaluation (15 minutes) with suggestions provided for individualized remediation plan. Assessment will determine the appropriate amount of tutoring needed on a weekly basis. $75 fee.

The Print Tool® Handwriting Evaluation

For children age 6 years and up, this includes a 45-minute evaluation session that covers parent interview, review of school papers/written assignments, assessment of pencil grip, writing posture and paper placement, and administration of The Print Tool, HWT's formal printing assessment covering the eight components of handwriting: memory, orientation, placement, size, start, sequence, control, spacing. Also included is a written Evaluation Report.  If further tutoring is necessary, a follow-up administration of The Print Tool during child's final paid tutoring session. $150 fee.

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TUTORING Fees - 

All fees below are for private lessons and include all student materials, including workbook, additional supplies, and parent instruction.

  • 30 minute lesson - $40
  • 45 minute lesson - $60
  • 60 minute lesson - $80

Group handwriting sessions

A handwriting group is different than the traditional one-to-one therapy experience. Handwriting groups are offered to provide small group instruction to help refine prewriting and writing skills. The Handwriting Without Tears program and kinesthetic learning will be used to promote the developmental learning process. Emphasis will not only be placed on pencil and paper but will include constructing letters with wooden pieces, identifying letters with vision occluded, and forming letters in different textures. Each child will learn important habits such as “top to bottom” and “left to right” which will assist in reading and writing.  All classes are instructed by Katherine Gristina, MS, LOTR, C/NDT, a pediatric occupational therapist with extensive training in handwriting curriculums.

 In-Services and Workshops

Do you have a group of educators that would like more information on prewriting skills or handwriting strategies? We offer a variety of educational experiences for those interested in learning about hand skill development and handwriting strategies. Fees for in-services will be determined by group size, materials needed, and travel time.

Topics can be individualized for your needs. Suggested topics are:

  • Implementing the Handwriting Without Tears printing and/or cursive curriculum-Bring handwriting into your classroom through play, song, and group activities (specialized content for Preschool and Elementary schools)
  • Understanding the 8 Components of Handwriting
  • Education about fine motor and handwriting development, activities for hand development and curriculum enhancement
  • Fine motor, self help skills and handwriting developmental milestones and strategies to promote your child’s fine motor and prewriting skills
  • Fundamentals of handwriting/tips to improve your child’s handwriting-body awareness, what’s in a capital, starting letters at the top, you have to teach pencil grip

 

We also host teacher/parent workshops on these topics at our clinic.  If you would like more information, please email sassafrastherapy@gmail.com or call 985.869.3650.