Towards functional writing: Fine Motor skills and Handwriting for Children 2-12 – Presented by Lisa Scott

We are delighted to have secured Lisa Scott from Melbourne to present this exciting course. Lisa is an experienced Occupational Therapists with over 25 years experience.

The areas covered in this  workshop are :- Theoretical Models, Assessment, Hand Development,Pre-writing and drawing skills,Intervention Strategies andSpecific Programs.

This 2-day workshop investigates elements of handwriting, drawing and tool usage for kindergarten and primary school children. Handwriting difficulties are one of the primary reasons for a referral to an occupational therapist.  Handwriting is also one of the most complex tasks in which children engage.  It requires skills in the areas of cognition, visuo-spatial, language fine motor and kinaesthetic development. Research has indicated that children who can write well perform at a higher level academically.  There has also been correlation in the literature with regard to proficient handwriting and children’s performance in the areas of increased concentration, improved self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as the ability for children to express themselves creatively.

The workshop aims to be practical in nature, providing participants with:

  • An overview of normal development of pencil skills/drawing/handwriting
  • An overview of classroom handwriting expectations
  • Development of pencil/graphomotor skills
  • An understanding or overview of various tools and classroom/clinical observations that may assist in identification of the various areas of difficulty, including:
  • Classroom set-up
  • Handwriting posture
  • Development of pencil/graphomotor skills
  • Writing tool use
  • Writing speed and legibility and
  • Written content
  • A clinical reasoning framework to determine the direction for intervention for these children.

The workshop will also provide participants with opportunities to develop numerous strategies to assist emergent writers and those in later years with continuing handwriting difficulties.

Date Friday August 30th and Saturday August 31st, 2019

09:00 – 17:00 daily

Venue Pagoda Conference Room, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como





 Early Bird before 30/6/19 

Member $400 

Rural Remote member $300 

Student $200 

Non-members $750 

Standard Rate after 30/6/19 

Member $500 

Rural Remote member $350 

Student $250 

Non-members $750 

Refreshments Welcome coffee /tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided daily

PD registration form (2019)