Haptic Writing

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Haptic Writing

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Haptic writing means to write while paying attention to how it feels, and to controlling the patterns of muscle movement. You might say this is ‘conscious writing’.

At first, the clients traces the established patterns, then repeats the patterns themselves in the open spaces to the right, or on the blank sheets. (Left handed? Cut the pages down the middle and move the pattern the right side.)

This exercise builds visual-motor integration and visual planning skills. The emphasis should remain on being relaxed but focused on the task and doing it as proficiently as possible. Avoid discouragement by making it easy to begin with, then build on these early successes.

Be sure to remind the child to pay attention to how it feels as the loops and patterns are drawn. They should try to force themselves to see (imagine or picture in their mind) how their hands and fingers should move and to always guide the hand with the eyes.

Occasionally (every 5 – 10 lines or so), have the child attempt an easier pattern with the non-dominant hand. Try to keep a regular pace, even if it’s slow. It can sometimes be helpful to try to go more quickly rather than too slowly to get the sense of things. The point is not to become ambidextrous but to reinforce control in the dominant hand. If this is too difficult, go to easier patterns with the dominant hand.

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