2 Contact Hours

Description: Writing is one of the first tasks a child learns in school and is a skill used throughout one's lifetime. Learning to write legibly is a complex task and it is not uncommon for problems to arise during the learning process. The purpose of this introductory course is to discuss the process of evaluating children with handwriting impairments. This beginner course is appropriate for occupational therapists.


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Audience: OT

Skill Level: Beginner

Contact Hours: 2

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)" written by Birgit Rosblad, - 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. Discuss the pre-evaluation process including reviewing writing samples and records and conducting interviews.
  2. Evaluate related performance components including neuromuscular development, visual perceptual skills, gross and fine motor abilities, visual motor control and sensory processing.
  3. Evaluate actual handwriting performance including legibility, writing speed, and ergonomics.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Evaluation of Handwriting

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3. Coursework - Evaluation of Handwriting

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4. Course Final and Survey - Evaluation of Handwriting

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion