middle school, college
ADHD and ADD,...
Handwriting Without Tears,
Teachers and Schools
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Ink was established in April, 1999 to improve the handwriting
skills of children and adults.
in teaching handwriting to children and adults of all ages. We provide
seminars for teachers and parents, and are happy to provide school-based
intervention. Please see the linked pages for more information,
and do not hesitate to contact us
if we can provide any further information.
group and individual classes at our studio in Ardmore, PA
(suburban Philadelphia), and hold them in Ardmore, and
We conduct seminars and inservice training at various schools
to help teachers learn more effective ways to assist their students.
We provide specialized school-based intervention to children in some
cooperating local, private schools. Corporate, Industry and Physician
Handwriting Workshops can be customized to meet specific needs, in
both group and individual settings.
Even in this
computer age, handwriting is a critical life skill. Children with
good natural motor/perceptual integration and well-developed basic
sub-skills will develop handwriting skills independent of the instruction
methods. However, a significant number of children have difficulty
learning effective handwriting. Some of these children can be helped
by fairly straightforward methods of classroom intervention by the
teacher, and others require more in-depth assessment and individualized
is a complex perceptual, cognitive and motor skill. It requires
many underlying performance skills. These skills allow students
to follow instructions for letter formation, manage the pencil and
its movement, and to appropriately space letters on a line at an
acceptable speed and without pain. We believe it is important to assess and develop
the following performance components for each student:
Stability and Control
Eye Hand Coordination
and Grip Skills
Movement and Position Awareness
Visual and Motor Perception
Self Esteem and Concept
Regulation for Focusing and Attention
handwriting difficulties may be unable to keep up with class work
and complete legible writing assignments. They may attempt to avoid
writing and often experience difficulty in academic performance.
Poor handwriting can negatively influence a child’s self esteem.
We teach the "Handwriting
Without Tears" method of handwriting, developed by
occupational therapist Jan Olsen.
is a simple, developmentally based curriculum.
multi-sensory lessons teach to all learning styles - visual,
auditory, manipulative, tactile, and kinesthetic.
workbooks are appealing, without excessive figures and drawings
which can distract from the subject matter.
taught without a slant or curlicues which can be too advanced
for young writers.
approach eliminates problems with reversals, letter formation,
letter size inconsistencies, and spacing.
find the program enjoyable, even fun.
received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed 9 months of field work experience in physical
disabilities, psychiatry, and pediatrics. Her professional experience
work at Nat Polinsky Rehab in Duluth, MN, where she evaluated
and treated school-aged kids in areas of fine-motor and gross
motor coordination, sensory integration, reflex integration, and
activities of daily living. Her work with pre-schoolers included
feeding skills as well.
for 15 years in the Springfield, MO, area. Numerous contracts
working with kids with a variety of problems and diagnoses. Development
of programs for MO State Schools (Dept. of Mental Health), Adult Training Centers, and private boarding homes for the multi-handicapped.
Provided Occupational Therapy services in the Rehabilitation and
General Medical departments at St. John's Hospital, Springfield,
Mo. Public school involvement with elementary-aged children who had
learning disabilities and developmental disabilities, using functional
and sensory integration approaches. Extensive traveling to contract
locations, including a developmental pre-school where she spent
two mornings a week for five years.
Owned and operated a residential
care facility in suburban Springfield, MO for 3 years, for 11
geriatric women, considered a "model operation" by the
Department of Aging.
Jefferson Health Systems serving
Paoli and Bryn Mawr Hospitals in the outpatient hand clinics,
general medical floors, pediatric departments and home health
residential community for multi-handicapped children and adults Berwyn, PA. Extensive work with individuals,
developing their functional skills. Equine therapy involvement,
with the benefits it offers to children's postural control and
Provided Occupational Therapy
services to elementary school students in a large, suburban PA public
school system Many students were
referred for handwriting needs. Used the Handwriting Without
Tears curriculum successfully, employing sensory regulation
strategies to maintain student attention.
Lectured schools and provided
handwriting workshops to educational and corporate professionals
on a national basis, including all-day workshops for Handwriting
Without Tears™ founder, Jan Olsen.
- August 5-6, 2005,
Annual Wyoming Occupational Therapy Association; Cody, Wyoming,
Presenter of the Pediatric/School Tract:
- Handwriting Without
Tears™ Workshop: 8 hours
- Starting a Private
Practice: 4 hours
- Enhancing Learning
through Mind-Body Integration:
Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, Cleveland, TN. Industry
Handwriting Instruction. Presented 3 workshops to improve
worker handwriting skills, 1 workshop per shift. Presented
"Teach the Teachers" workshop to conduct in-house training
sessions to workers.
October, 2007, Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, PA. Presented to
Bryn Mawr Hospital physicians and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation
Hospital physicians to improve handwriting skills.
- November 11, 2012. "The history of handwriting instruction"; Temple Contemporary Community Series, Temple University School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
Handwriting Assistants have attended the Handwriting Without
Tears Workshop given by Jan Olsen or have furthered their
education by professionally trained staff.
The staff at HandRIGHTing, Ink. are uniquely qualified
to assess and remediate adults' and children's handwriting needs. As
an Occupational Therapist in the schools, Sandy Purvis has successfully
helped many students become effective with both printing and cursive
styles. Additionally, she is Sensory Integration Certified,
has over 25 years of experience in occupational therapy. "OTR/L" is a professional credential
meaning " Occupational Therapist, Registered and
Licensed". Additionally, she is a Certified Interactive
HandRIGHTing Ink. helps children come to grips with legible script.
by Lini S. Kadaba - Philadelphia Inquirer - July 13,
Metrokids Feature on Camp HandRIGHTing Ink.
Channel 17 (Philadelphia) : News on Kids done by Kids
Feature by Ivanhoe Broadcast News, aired on NBC affiliates "Smart
Woman", in October 1999.
Magazine's Best of Philly 2003 Award for Summer Camp - Pre-Med.
Feature article by
News-Line for Occupational Therapists and COTA's, November, 2004.
Quoted by Hilary
Bentman, reporter of The Intelligencer, a Doylestown, PA daily
newspaper, in an article entitled, "Emphasis on Penmanship".
Also, stated under "WORD ON THE STREET: Good handwriting is
underrated. Take it seriously. It's a lifelong
skill...It's a cheap, effective way to communicate." May 1, 2005.