Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears is a type of program that helps children develop writing skills through a variety of enriching multisensory play activities. This program was developed by Jan Olsen, an occupational therapist and is designed to meet all levels of development by incorporating visual, auditory, tactile, manipulative, and kinesthetic teaching methods. Children in the Handwriting Without Tears program may use wood pieces set, capital letter cards, mat, roll-a-dough letters, stamp and see screen, CDs, slate chalkboard and blackboard to use all of their senses to teach directionality, vocabulary and imitation, sequencing skills, and positions. Children in this program will use all of their senses as they move, touch, feel, and manipulate real objects as they learn the skills and habits essential to writing. Some of the multisensory lessons may include voices, letter stories, door tracing, imaginary writing, and mystery letters to teach the proper formation of letters and placement on lines. Recently, the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the Handwriting Without Tears K though 5 program for the 2011 English Language Arts Adoptions, which means that many of the children we treat will be very familiar with the program when they begin Kindergarten.