Service Category: Handwriting

Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) is a structured curriculum for teaching handwriting to children. The program is used regularly in Occupational Therapy treatment sessions. During the summer we offer HWT summer camps at both NTS locations. The camp is developmentally based and appropriate for children with pre-kindergarten level skills through 5th grade. This curriculum has proven to be very effective for children with special handwriting needs. The lessons follow a multi-sensory and developmentally appropriate approach to meet the needs associated with different learning styles. Camps are taught by an HWT-trained Occupational Therapist. Groups typically consist of 3-5 children per camp.

Learning to print and later to write in cursive, requires a detailed set of skills that include appropriate stability, hand and finger strength, visual motor skills, and visual perceptual ability. Difficulty forming letters, becoming fatigued with lengthy writing tasks, trouble with spacing &/or placement on the writing line, are all addressed both by identifying and remediating underlying component parts of writing ability, and well as practice during sessions and at home.