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Introducing the EARTH Handwriting Programme ™

Earth Handwriting Programme

The Earth Handwriting Programme is an occupational therapy intervention programme for schools, designed to develop a child’s fine motor skills and handwriting, without them leaving the classroom, or even their chair.

How Does It Work?

Through the use of multisensory techniques and the development of the upper limb, hand arches and muscles and perception, this specialised classroom-based programme aims to improve a child’s fine motor skills, upper limb stability and ultimately, their handwriting. The programme takes only 10 minutes to complete each day and is structured to be easily integrated into a 12-week term, minimising disruption to the children and the curriculum. The programmes can be run year on year, without the need for an onsite professional.

What’s Included?

These specialised occupational therapy programmes are contained within a programme manual per key stage, EYFS to KS3. Each manual contains a termly programme timetable, resources and a step-by-step guide including photos on how to successfully deliver the programme. Alongside each Earth Manuals is a DVD, which demonstrates the activities in the programme to ensure that it is being implemented correctly, for maximum success.

What Will We Need?

All resources you will need for the Earth Handwriting Programme are included in the manual and can be photocopied and laminated for use in the activities. Additional equipment you will need include everyday items such as stress balls, tweezers, sand and whiteboards. A full list of resources for the programme will be provided to you.

Why is Handwriting Important?

Handwriting is an essential skill. Required for note taking, examinations and completing class and homework in almost every subject, poor handwriting can have a universal effect on academic performance. Handwriting requires multiple skills to be developed and used in synchronisation, such as, hand-eye coordination, ability to hold pen/pencil correctly, letter perception and small muscle development. Without the development of these skills, a child will struggle to be proficient in the art of handwriting.

Why the Earth Handwriting Programme?

The Earth Handwriting Programme considers the challenges presented and enables a child to develop the skills required to achieve pencil grip, letter and number formation and to progress academically, to the very best of their ability.

What Next?

For more information or to discuss the introduction of the Earth Handwriting Programme in your school, please get in touch.