The Write Stuff

Building Foundational Hand Skills in Young Children

Children are no longer playing with toys that develop the musculature and foundational hand skills necessary for school success. As a result, children are struggling with simple tasks such as holding and controlling a crayon or pencil, cutting with scissors, managing clothing fasteners, appropriately holding eating utensils. Additionally, curriculum demands continue to increase, creating a widening gap between curriculum expectations and developmental readiness. The Write Stuff Workshop and Handy Learning program bridges that gap.

Through the use of the well-known Handy Learning program, participants learn specific therapeutic fine motor activities which support the classroom curriculum and develop hand skills in children in a fun, relevant and easy to implement program.

Handy Learning activities offer effective, proven strategies for all children and facilitate s n integrated therapy approach that supports IDEA and RTI. This workshop is a MUST for all school-based and pediatric therapists as well as educators of young children.

The Write Stuff provides therapists and educators with a thorough understanding of the building blocks of hand development, fine motor control and handwriting as well as strategies to foster hand skills in young children. This is NOT a handwriting course, rather it emphasizes the foundational skills required for handwriting.

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Course Content**

The "Write Stuff" Workshop provides:

  • Key components of hand development
  • Building blocks of fine motor skill
  • Assessment in 2 min or less
  • Therapeutic, fun, and relevant intervention

Handy Learning Activities

  • Proven fine motor activities to develop hand skills
  • Use fine motor activities to support the curriculum
  • Where to find appropriate educational fine motor toys
  • Set up the environment for effective therapy
  • Recognize significant delays and problem solve them
  • Develop strategies to accelerate hand development

In the Classroom

  • Become an Environmental Designer
  • Create integrated hands-on activities
  • Collaborate with the teacher and the curriculum
  • Scavenger hunt (applied learning)

Hand Development

  • Terminology
  • Hand anatomy as it relates to child hand skills
  • Stages of hand development
  • postural influences
  • Developmental sequence of prehensile patterns
  • Hand skills and technology

Who Should Attend

  • OTs, COTAs, Teachers, Administrators
  • This workshop is appeals to all pediatric therapists and teachers regardless of years of experience.

Continuing Education Credits:

Handy Learning, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider* of continuing education (app #6125). This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs/ 6 contact hours, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT, OT Process: Intervention.

*The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

**for more information on course content please visit Handy Learning/The Write Stuff

Your Instructor

Susan Thompson, OTR
Susan Thompson, OTR

Susan Thompson has over 19 years experience as an occupational therapist. Susan owns and operates the continuing education company, Handy Learning, Inc. She offers high quality continuing education to physical and occupational therapists.

For the last 7 years, Susan has been offering wellness through Tai Chi and Qigong classes. She teaches throughout the community and as well as the world via her online courses, live streaming and in person Tai Chi classes. Her online courses have sold to over 3200 people in 70 different languages! She is an expert teacher with a wealth of Tai Chi knowledge and practice. Read her google reviews and you will know how much her students love her! Her website is

Susan is the creator of the peer-reviewed fine motor skill program, Handy Learning®. The Handy Learning program has been successfully implemented in thousands of classrooms internationally.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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