Keystone Therapist Earns Handwriting Without Tears Certification

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Samantha West, MOTR/L, occupational therapist, assistant director of occupational therapy, CMS Early Steps Provider, recently earned Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) certification.

Samantha Bean West, assistant director of Keystone’s Occupational Therapy Clinic, has added to her education, including a master’s in occupational therapy and recognition by the Florida Health Department as a Children’s Medical Services provider, by earning Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) Level 1 Certification.

Level 1 Certified handwriting specialists must complete an extensive process successfully to achieve certification. These individuals are recognized for their expertise in using the Handwriting Without Tears® program and The Print Tool® assessment.

Handwriting is one of the fastest growing areas of referral to occupational therapy. Because handwriting is such a complex skill, there are many children who have difficulty mastering it. This may cause frustration and distress and affect a child’s desire to write. It may also cause anxiety for the parents and teachers who watch the child struggle to put his or her ideas on paper. Not all difficulties are the same or caused by the same factors, and any assessment of the problem must take into account the age and experience of the child.

As a result, more and more educators are sharing what they have learned from the Handwriting Without Tears® program. The only such program in the country—Level 1 Certification provides exceptional training.

Samantha is now available to provide handwriting assessments and individual or group treatment sessions. She provides parent-friendly reports, sets goals, determines remediation activities and documents progress for evidence-based practice to help children from Pre-K through Grade 5.

Should you as a parent be concerned about your child’s handwriting? Some initial questions to ask are:

  • Has your child received any direct teaching of handwriting?
  • What is the policy for handwriting in the school?
  • Are the concerns about the handwriting shared by the teacher, the parents and the child?
  • What are the main areas of concern?
  • Legibility? (All or most of the words written can’t be read out of context.)
  • Neatness? (The handwriting is messy or poorly controlled.)
  • Comfort? (The child is experiencing pain, strain or discomfort when writing.)
  • Pressure? (S/he is pressing too hard or not hard enough, or pressure within one piece of writing is variable.)
  • Speed? (S/he writes very slowly, producing too little writing, or too fast, becoming inaccurate.)
  • Motivation/enjoyment? (S/he is reluctant to write or gives up too easily.)

If you are concerned, contact us to schedule an appointment or ask questions.

Resources:

National Handwriting Association

Handwriting Without Tears Certification

HWT Certification Specialist – Samantha (Bean) West

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