Handwriting Instruction and Remediation: Practical Implications for Today’s Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioner

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Handwriting Instruction and Remediation: Practical Implications for Today’s Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioner

LIVE Webinar
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (CDT)
8:00 pm - 10 pm (EDT)
2 Contact Hours, 0.20 CEUs
$40, AOTA Approved 

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

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In the past 25 years, significant changes have affected early education students, kindergarten through 2nd grade. One of the significant changes is the increase in academic expectations at younger ages, the explosion in technology, and the marked increase in students who are on the spectrum, students with attentional issues, and students with dysgraphia. The most common handwriting programs available today, developed in the late 1890s through the mid-1970s, fall short in this new era, leaving pediatric OT practitioners with less effective tools in their handwriting toolbox.

This introductory professional development activity addresses these academic, classroom, and student changes head on.

After taking this course, pediatric OT practitioners will understand the theoretical foundation for a new approach to handwriting instruction and remediation and will be armed with a new set of practical handwriting tools for present day therapeutic environments.

This CEU is targeted at occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapists.

This continuing education course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning.

Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.
Presented by:
Martha Garrett Theisen, MA, OTR/L
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Benefits of this course
After completing this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe environmental and student factors negatively affecting successful handwriting acquisition and remediation today.

  • Explain the occupational therapy and academic foundational principles related to successful handwriting instruction and remediation.

  • Identify five effective treatment options for contemporary handwriting remediation.

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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 02979
This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.20 CEUs (Beginner level, OT Service Delivery area)

What People Are Saying

I loved how functional, yet practical the concepts were. It was refreshing for a topic that I struggle with in our OT pediatric realm.
ot course participant
Honestly, this is one of the best handwriting courses I have taken...I would love to attend more presentations from this presenter
ot course participant
This course was organized, properly paced and easy to follow... The presenter provided both evidence and clinical experience to support the material presented.. I would highly recommend this course to both OTs and OTAs addressing handwriting skills with their clients's. Fantastic course!
I loved that the presenter showed so many actual treatment ideas throughout the presentation that I can automatically translate into my practice without further research needed 
Instructor bio
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Martha Garrett Theisen, MA, OTR/L
Aspire OT Instructor

Martha Garrett Theisen, MA,OTRL is an occupational therapist with over 35 years of experience. She spent the first 6 years of her career in the area of Mental Health, growing a heart of compassion for those who struggle in this area and gaining insight into the importance of occupation to emotional well being. Over the past 30 years, her work has focused on pediatrics where she loved her work in Sensory 
Integration clinics. Martha went on to devote the bulk of her career to helping children gain the fine motor, sensory motor, and handwriting skills they need to thrive in one of their main occupations of being a student. She has utilized her knowledge and experience gleaned over the span of her entire OT career to develop, pilot, and launch an innovative, evidenced-based, new handwriting program called “Because Neatness Matters: Brain Based, Multi-Sensory, UDL Approach to Handwriting Instruction & Remediation”. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Martha is SIPT certified, married, and the proud mother of three adult children.


Financial:  Martha is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. Martha is also the owner of Because Neatness Matters. 

Non Financial:  Martha does not have any non-financial disclosures.

Course Outline

0-5 minutes

6-13 minutes 

14-17 minutes

18-22 minutes

23-45 minutes

46-60 minutes 

61-65 minutes

66-81 minutes 

82-104 minutes

105-109 minutes

110-115 minutes

116-120 minutes
Welcome, Introduction, and Learning objectives

Why Now?

Handwriting Physical Characteristics

4 Foundational Principles for Handwriting

Foundational Principle: Universal Design for Learning

Foundational Principle: Brain Based Learning


Foundational Principle: Fine Motor Skills

Foundational Principle: Target Handwriting Materials

Therapeutic Use of Self

Collaboration with Teachers

Review and Questions
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • Attend webinar in its entirety
  • Complete Attestation of Attendance
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
cancellation policy
Live Courses and Webinars
Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at [email protected] within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
On-Demand web Courses 
Web courses will remain available to learners for 1 year. No refunds will be available for web courses that have been attended or viewed for greater than 30 minutes. In the event of a refund, the learner will be unenrolled in the course immediately upon issuance of a refund. No refunds will be issued for any course in which a certificate has been issued.  

Course Author

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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered by Aspire OT.