Group letters

We understand that for some children, printing practice only leads to frustration, not perfection. The goal of our printing programs is to emphasize success for each child in order to build a sense of confidence when writing. Emphasis is placed on the component skills required for proficient writing, including pencil grasp, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, spatial skills, and motor planning. We use a multi-sensory approach and activities that are both fun and rewarding. For older children, we offer help organizing thoughts into written expression, as well as support with the mechanics of sentence and paragraph structure. We offer printing programs both individually and in small groups, depending on the needs of the child.

We offer printing groups during the school year in 3 blocks, Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Please refer to the right hand panel for start dates on the upcoming session schedule.

Printing Levels

Group letters2 Introduction to Upper Case Letters

This program is for children who have acquired the ability to draw simple shapes such as vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and circles. Printing skills are introduced by teaching upper case letters, which have only straight lines or curves. Upper case letters are easier to learn because they are large, all the same height, and distinct from one another. This program focuses on letter formation, pencil control, and fine motor skills. Each session will address one of the following letters: L F E H T I O D P

*This program is offered both in 1:1 sessions only.

Hailey drawingUpper Case Letters

This program teaches the formation of all 26 upper case letters using the “Handwriting Without Tears” program developed by Jan Olsen, Occupational Therapist. Learning to print upper case letters helps children develop basic printing skills such as pencil grasp, line control and shape recognition. Areas of 
focus include letter formation, pencil control and fine motor skills. 

Offered in 1:1 sessions and as a group program.

 

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Lower Case Letters

This program is for children who have acquired the ability to print upper case letters. 
Children are taught to print using a series of consistent “rules” which reinforce proper letter formation (for example, always starting from the top).  Areas of focus include letter formation, letter placement, printing on the line, pencil control, and fine motor skills.

Offered in 1:1 sessions and as a group program.

Words and Sentences

This program makes the transition from learning how to print single letters to copying words and sentences while maintaining proper letter formation, line control and spacing between words. Areas of focus 
include letter formation, visual-motor skills, visual perceptual skills and fine motor skills.

Offered in 1:1 sessions and as a group program.

Cursive Writing

This program teaches handwriting using the “Loops and Other Groups” program developed by Mary Benbow, Occupational Therapist. “Loops and Other Groups” uses a kinesthetic approach to teach handwriting, which allows children to learn letter formation at an automatic level. Kinesthesia is the use of physical movement as a method of learning and memorizing letters. Areas of focus include letter formation, visual-motor skills, visual perceptual skills, and fine motor skills.

*This program is offered both in 1:1 sessions only.

Writing Skills Strategies

Written expression involves fine motor coordination, attention, language, memory and high-order thinking skills. As children age, they may experience difficulties expressing their thoughts on paper in a cohesive manner. Learning how to brainstorm, sequence and categorize information supports the development 
and expansion of ideas. This program will assist children in developing simple and effective organizational skills and strategies to facilitate the writing process.

* This program is only offered in 1:1 sessions

Keyboarding

Many students with handwriting difficulties and weak fine motor skills also find learning how to type difficult. It is a task that requires finger dexterity, coordination and memory skills. Many children are provided with access to computers at school secondary to difficulties with printing. Learning to keyboard prior to engaging children in writing assignments on the computer will minimize any frustrations.  Keyboard training is often an excellent adjunct to a printing and/or cursive writing program.

*This program is only offered in 1:1 sessions.

 

Printing Group Fees:

Early bird registration:  $400 for 8 session

Late registration:  $450 for 8 sessions

For upcoming schedule please refer to the top right corner of this page.

No refunds for missed classes unless the class is cancelled by our Occupational Therapist.

*New students to Hand Skills for Children are required to participate in a fine motor/printing assessment prior to enrolling in our of our priting groups. The assessment ensures that your child is placed in the correct group in order to provide them with a successful and appropriately challenging experience. It also allows the therapist to establish individualized goals for each child in the group. The fee for the assessment is $120.00

Group Registration Policies

  • Registrations are received on a first come first serve basis.
  • You can register online or call us at 647-236-4263
  • Class Size: Min 2 students – Max. 4 students (an assistant will be assigned when there is more than two children enrolled in the group)
  • Payment for the group must be submitted to register (cheque or credit card).
  • Cheques will not be cashed until classes are confirmed (one-two weeks prior to the scheduled start date)
  • We reserve the right to cancel a group secondary to low enrolment. Registrants will be notified one week before the first session. Any applicable cheques will be returned or refunded to the family.
  • In order to ensure appropriate placement of your child in a group and to establish individualized goals, new students to Hand Skills for Children must have a fine and/or gross motor assessment completed. The fee for the assessment is $120.00. Occupational Therapy assessment reports completed at other facilities are accepted in lieu of an assessment, as long as the assessment was completed within 6 months of the group start date.
    Group fees include materials.
  • No refunds for missed classes by the student.