The Handwriting Book


If you’re a parent who is tired of nagging your child about sloppy handwriting…

If you’re a teacher who wants to delve deeper into learning about how handwriting skills develop…

If you’re a therapist looking for fresh, new handwriting activities for your treatment sessions…

This book is for you! Written by a team of 10 pediatric physical and occupational therapists with years of experience in the field, The Handwriting Book is the ultimate resource for tips, strategies, suggestions, and information to support handwriting development in kids.


The Handwriting Book breaks down the functional skill of handwriting into developmental areas. These include developmental progression of pre-writing strokes, fine motor skills, gross motor development, sensory considerations, and visual perceptual skills. Each section includes strategies and tips to improve these underlying areas.

  • Strategies to address letter and number formation and reversals
  • Ideas for combining handwriting and play
  • Activities to practice handwriting skills at home
  • Tips and strategies for the reluctant writer
  • Tips to improve pencil grip
  • Tips for sizing, spacing, and alignment with overall improved legibility


Therapists will find all of the handwriting information, tips, and strategies they need right at their fingertips as they work with kids and write evaluations and goals for the students on their caseloads.

Teachers will find information and ideas to support handwriting development in the students in their classrooms.

Parents will find information on developmental progression of writing abilities and an understanding of the underlying components related to legible written work.


Handwriting is a complex motor skill that requires dexterity, strength, motor planning, and visual perceptual skills. Other developmental prerequisites such as hand dominance, grasping skills, postural control and letter recognition also play an important role in how a child learns to write.

The Handwriting Book is designed to be an effective, easy-to-use resource for any parent, educator, or therapist. Ideas for activities, strategies, modifications, and adaptations for children of all ages are included alongside explanations of each aspect of handwriting. Each chapter includes helpful therapist tips to make handwriting practice more engaging and fun.


Experiencing trouble with follow-through and carry-over at home and in the classroom?

This resource can help get parents, teachers, and therapists on the same page when it comes to information, strategies and activities related to handwriting, ensuring follow-through of everyone involved and generalization of skills.

Know a child who shows a lack of motivation to complete handwriting tasks?

The team of experienced therapists behind this book share their favorite secrets and strategies to motivate (even the most reluctant) kids and keep them engaged during handwriting tasks.

Questions about typical developmental progression of handwriting skills? 

Beginning with the youngest pre-writers, this resource provides an in-depth, comprehensive look at how kids develop handwriting skills. Knowing the basics of handwriting development can help with assessment, treatment planning, and support at home and in the classroom.

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