Why wait to see a therapist? Succeed Healthcare Solutions has created the Write Now Virtual Bootcamp to assist children to improve their handwriting skills at their own pace. The Size Matters Handwriting Program (SMHP) primarily focuses on letter size to improve handwriting legibility. SMHP claims to be the most efficient way to promote printing consistency and competence. The program is concept driven rather than workbook driven, so can be implemented with little to no investment in materials. The key concepts help children know what they’re aiming for and how to get there. The program claims that changes in legibility happen immediately and dramatically. Succeed Healthcare Solutions uses the principles of SMHP, as well as elements of Handwriting Without Tears which focuses on letter formation. For further information see Size Matters Handwriting Program and Handwriting Without Tears.
Eight key SMHP concepts:
1. Writing lines, Go and Finish Lines
2. Letter lines
3. Stop reversals with Super C
4. Touch points
5. Starting points and initial lines
6. Letter size
7. Self-monitoring and self-determination
8. Inside spacing/outside spacing.
Initial self-assessment involving scoring accuracy in letter size and spacing.
The Write Now! Club covers the whole alphabet and spacing between words, equipment and assistive technology, over 20 sessions:
Grade 1: Eight key concepts; lowercase letters; sequence based on size (first sizes 1 and 2, and then 3); super C letters.
Session 1 Eight key concepts
Session 2 Eight key concepts
Session 3 Eight key concepts
Session 4 Lower case b, f
Session 5 Lower case d (super c), h
Session 6 Lower case k, l
Session 7 Lower case t
Session 8 Lower case a (super c), c (super c)
Session 9 Lower case e, i
Session 10 Lower case m n (super c)
Session 11 Lower case o, r (super c)
Session 12 Lower case s, u
Session 13 Lower case v, w
Session 14 Lower case x, z
Session 15 Lower case g (super c), j
Session 16 Lower case p, y
Session 17 Lower case q (super c)
Session 18 Words and ‘meatball’ spaces
Session 19 Words and ‘meatball’ spaces
Session 20 Revision.
Children celebrate graduating to a higher grade level of paper as they progress, which can be a source of motivation to improve their handwriting.
Succeed Healthcare Solutions believes in functional intervention. Children can use their homework for virtual sessions or play some games to practice their handwriting rather than adding to their school workload.