This is the ‘best of the best’ in terms of understanding what difficulties your child has. It looks at why they may struggle to write and how you can help them improve their handwriting skills. It is a face to face handwriting assessment comprising of looking at writing, fine motor, and visual perceptual skills. The reason why we look at fine motor skills is that these are needed before handwriting skills can develop. Visual perceptual skills are needed to stop letter reversals and handwriting speed.
For older children, the assessment will include a handwriting speed test. The results of this can be used to support extra time allowance in schools known as access arrangements.
Prior to the assessment, you will be asked questions about whatever it may be that is troubling you regarding your child’s handwriting. A full history of past handwriting problems, any medical conditions/developmental history and interventions tried by either yourself or your child’s school will also be asked to form a picture.
The assessment usually takes place either in your child’s school or home. The reason for this is because this is usually where they will feel most comfortable. Initial feedback is given to you and their class teacher after the assessment.
You will receive a written report within 3 weeks from the appointment. This will include recommendations for the future and can be used in school reviews/ EHCP’s (Education, Health, Care plans).
Please note this service is bound by geographical limitations. Assessments take place regionally within a 45-mile radius of PO19 9LW (Chichester office base).
Features of 1:1 Handwriting Assessment:
- 45 minute to 1-hour assessment with your child and an occupational therapist followed by 30-minute feedback session on the day. This feedback can with you and your child’s class teacher or just yourself.
- Assessment at home or school.
- A comprehensive report.
- For parents living locally up to 1 1/2hr drive from Chichester, West Sussex.