Hello, I'm Sheilagh
The ‘go-to’ person to help demystify handwriting for kids and the founder of Help with Handwriting.
Who am I?
My approach is simple, fuss-free and engaging.
I’m here to demystify handwriting. Turning it into bite-sized achievable steps whilst keeping it fun.
I’ve helped hundreds of kids from 6 to 16 year olds who have previously struggled to write. As much as the parents ask, sorry I don’t work with adults.
There is more than one way to teach handwriting. Teaching everyone, in the same way, is like fitting into a box, it does not work. We need to find out what style of handwriting tuition works for your child.
Two of my greatest joys are seeing the relief on the parent’s faces when they realise their child’s handwriting will not be holding them back from future opportunities. And when the kids try to hide their beaming smiles when they are pleased with how their writing looks.
"I help kids have school success and become more confident individuals by being that encouraging force for change, showing them how to make quick improvements to their handwriting. Making parents and teachers wonder how a transformation like that is possible."
Feel like it is a big challenge? – I get it
I’m a children’s occupational therapist and a handwriting expert with over 20 years experience, published author of 2 books – one of these is a best seller and the National Handwriting Association said this book was ‘fantastic’, spoken on BBC Radio, featured in The Telegraph and the Good Schools Guide. But I’m sure you don’t really want to know about that stuff!
You want to know how the heck a non-runner ran the London marathon. . . a lucky ballot win. Not being built as a runner which is a kind way to refer to it. I had to take the concept of combining running and walking to heart to get around. It took me hours to do it and many a person dressed in a fancy costume passed me by.
I truly understand what it feels like to tackle a huge task. Learning to write is also a long journey, where you have to keep going when it gets tough and it takes practice. The reward at the end makes you forget all those practice runs. That’s what I want for your child too – the reward at the end. Only this time it is others being able to read their work.
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And when I'm not working?
I can often be found either creating or making. I’m slightly obsessed with watching any home décor programme as I love to see creative projects that turn houses into homes.
Whenever I travel abroad I like to do a cookery course or something crafty. Experiencing the real place where I have travelled is a must for me. Here I am learning to make a lantern in Vietnam!
Help with Handwriting started in 2016. Since then we have grown but remain small enough to get to know you and your child.
Meet the Team
Laura manages the support desk, she is invaluable. If you need to change a lesson or have a question she is the best person to help you. Often being able to answer everything quicker than myself.
Helen is our coordinator. She is behind the scenes making sure that all the courses run efficiently. She helps plan any launch dates and keeps me on track when I have more course ideas than time.
This is what we believe: