"Handwriting in the Raw" Steps from Sensory to Cursive

  • 14 Oct 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101, Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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"Handwriting in the Raw"

Steps from Sensory to Cursive

 Presented by

Cynthia A. Priester MS, OTR/L


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

1:00  p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  

Autism Connection of PA

35 Wilson Street #101

Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Continuing Education Credits Available:

AOTA, Act 48, Social Workers

Cindy Priester is the Educational Program Coordinator for the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute (BNI) located in Erie, PA.  She began her career with BNI over 30 years ago as an Occupational Therapist.  Cindy received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from State University of New York at Buffalo and received her Masters in Special Education Summa Cum Laude at Madison University.

Program Description

Participants will learn about fine motor and perceptual skills and how they affect student success. The focus will be on providing strategies to improve handwriting, classroom tool use and worksheet management. Participants will each receive fine and gross motor strategies which will provide ideas to use throughout the school year to address these areas. There will be opportunities for hands-on participation, and participants will leave with tools and strategies to improve student success. This program will address basics in handwriting readiness from sensory motor aspects to printing to cursive handwriting. We will examine prerequisites for hand-writing by looking at in-hand skills and grasp, and moving to modifications, adaptations, and frequently asked questions.. Discussion points will be on print concepts, standards, writing speed, page organization, curriculums, applications, communication/language development as it refers to handwriting, diverse learning styles, handedness, and when to write and when to type. We will compare curriculums and approaches from teaching in the raw to use of iPads.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will:

  • list the basic skill points for printing and cursive handwriting
  • state strategies for using adaptations or modifications for learning to teach students printing or handwriting
  • describe strategies for struggling writers
  • discuss best practices in evaluation and assessment of handwriting
  • name basic curriculums and applications working on handwriting
  • work through common core standards for Pennsylvania (1.4 Types of Writing), for handwriting
  • recall what the research is saying about cursive
  • tell how cursive can affect reading and writing skills 

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