5 Contact Hours

Description: This course helps occupational therapists understand, analyze, and interpret writing problems, then provides specific strategies to remediate these issues to help children improve their handwriting skills.


  • The course gave very clear and precise information on the principles and practices of teaching handwriting. It also was very informative on identifying issues that affect handwriting. This has greatly increased my knowledge and confidence with working with children with some of the issues described in this course. -JR
  • The reading material for the course was excellent! -LW
  • This course was great!  It provided detailed information regarding analysis of handwriting difficulties as well as treatment techniques.  Would very much recommend this course! -AR
  • Thank you. The course was easy to understand and I will use what I have learned often. -BP

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Basic and Intermediate

Contact Hours: 5

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Hand Function in the Child: Foundations for Remediation, 2nd ed. (2006)" edited by Dr. Anne Henderson, PhD, OTR and Charlane Pehoski, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA PhD, - Copyright 2006 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Understand how upper extremity support, wrist, and hand stability impact writing skills;
  2. Understand how visual problems impact handwriting;
  3. Understand the writing problems related to bilateral integration and sequencing dysfunction;
  4. Understand how to work with children non-language learning disabilities;
  5. Implement kinesthetic training in therapy to enhance writing speed;
  6. Understand various pencil grips, the limitations imposed by maladaptive grips, and strategies to mediate problems.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - OT Principles for Handwriting Success

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3. Coursework - OT Principles for Handwriting Success

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4. Course Final and Survey - OT Principles for Handwriting Success


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion