Pediatric Fine Motor and Printing/Handwriting Services
Why are fine motor and handwriting skills important?
Printing and handwriting are important components of early learning and communication. It is estimated that children spend between 31-60% of their school day performing handwriting and other fine motor tasks. Therefore the development of proper handwriting skills is an important factor in academic success, as well as building a child’s self-confidence.
Printing is a complex task with many component skills that must be taken into consideration, including physical skills (e.g. postural control, shoulder stability), fine motor skills (e.g. pencil grasp and pressure, in-hand manipulation, bilateral integration, motor planning), visual-motor integration, visual perception, and more!
Due to the complexity of printing skills and its importance in early learning and communication, KEYsteps has developed the KEYsteps for KINDER: Small Group OT Sessions to focus on fine motor and pre-printing skills.
KEYsteps for KINDER: Small Group OT Sessions
General Program Information & Goals
KEYsteps for KINDER small group OT sessions focus on preparing a child for Kindergarten, specifically in regards to fine motor skills, pre-printing and printing skills (including pencil grip). While the primary focus of the small group sessions will be fine motor skills, time is also be dedicated to the following skills:
- Gross motor skills
- Social skills and awareness
- Activities of daily living (for example: independence with outerwear, lunch containers)
- Letter and number recognition (capital letters, numbers 1-10)
- Recognize and print their own name
Our group activities and exercises are planned with intention and focus on addressing skills that will assist with a smooth transition into the Kindergarten environment. These group sessions provide the opportunity for your child to grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively, while having fun with their peers. In order to keep the children interested and motivated, play-based activities are be included in our sessions, in addition to desk/table-based exercises.
A minimum of four participants is required for a group session to be offered. Maximum number of participants in a session will be five.
In order to participate in the small group sessions, the following criteria must be met:
- Child must be of the age that they can register for Kindergarten the following year. Our registration packages will contain specific age/date requirements.
- Child must be completely independent with toileting routines.
Group Session Options
The KEYsteps for KINDER programs are offered in either 12-16 week blocks (registration package will include specific dates) with the option to register for once or twice per week sessions. Each session will be 2 hours in length, see below:
Morning Sessions 9:30am-11:30pm
(doors open at 9:20am)
Afternoon Sessions 1:00pm – 3:00pm
(doors open at 12:50pm)
1 day/week: Wednesday
2 days/week: Tuesday and Thursday
1 day/week: Wednesday
2 days/week: Tuesday and Thursday
Contact Key Steps directly for information regarding registration and session fees. Onsite tours of our facility can also be arranged upon request.
Please know that the safety and health of your children and the KEYsteps OT is our top priority. Our program policies and Code of Conduct are available upon request. Also know that we have developed special COVID-19 policies and procedures.
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Universal Design & Accessibility Consultations
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Functional Home Assessments
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