About the Handwriting Programme:
Author: Lois Addy. ISBN: 9781855033863
Speed Up! is a tried and tested programme designed specifically for children aged 8-13, whose handwriting is slow, illegible or lacking in fluency. Whether the problems are associated with a developmental coordination disorder (such as dyspraxia), dyslexia or ADHD, or whether they are the result of poor handwriting habits acquired early on, Speed Up! can provide an effective source of help.
Poor handwriting hinders many children’s progress – right across the curriculum. Unfortunately, most handwriting schemes do little to help older children who are struggling with this vital skill.
In just 8 weekly sessions, Speed Up! goes to the root of writing difficulties by developing kinaesthetic awareness through multisensory activity and exercise.
Developed by a leading paediatric occupational therapist, the programme includes:
A baseline assessment
Fully-illustrated photocopiable instruction sheets for each session
An overview of the theory behind the practise
Advice on identifying underlying causes of difficulty and how to tackle them.
The sessions can be delivered by a teacher, teaching assistant or therapist. The emphasis throughout is on enjoyment, building self-esteem and developing writing confidence.
About the author:
Lois Addy is a paediatric occupational therapist and has over 20 years experience of working with children with dyspraxia. She currently works at York St John College, University of Leeds, as a senior lecturer in professional health studies.
About the Schneider Light Up Pressure Pen
If your child presses too hard or too lightly with their pen and/or has poor proprioception or touch receptors then this will assist them in learning about pressure without you having to look over their shoulder.
- Rollerball pen with warning lamp that is clear to be seen in daylight
- Lamp indicates when too much pressure is being applied
- Suitable for left and right handers
- Ergonomically designed grip for comfortable use
- Refills are available if the child decides they want to continue with it as their regular pen
- Ink is erasable royal blue
- Ideal for beginners or people with fine motor skill challenges
How does the pressure pen work?
When writing correctly the light should flicker on and off with the variable pressure associated with writing. If it stays on permanently there is too much pressure being applied, if it stays off permanently too little pressure is being applied.
What we think: This pen is absolutely brilliant and just what we were looking for when we started the Speed Up! handwriting programme. It would be ideal for beginner handwriters too. We looked at other options, the cheap pens with the light up bulbs, but they were frankly rubbish, you had to press really hard and you couldn’t see the light in daylight. So if you want to do the job well, we’ve found the best, you can continue to get value from it by using it as a quality regular handwriting pen afterwards.
This value pack is available in blue grey / green pen or pink pen options. The manufacturers have changed the blue pen to a blue grey/green pen for this season.