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Line Awareness

When writing on lined paper, it is important to be aware of the lines provided to ensure accurate letter size, placement and spacing. Delays or difficulties with vision may impact line awareness and require intervention or adaptation.

Reference links

  • Handwriting: A Matter of Affairs 2
    files.eric.ed.gov
    Author: Iman M. M. Muwafaq Al-Ghabra, English Department, College of Education For Women, Baghdad University, Baghdad - Mangen and Velay (2010) state that in handwriting, visual attention strongly focuses on the movement of the hand, while in typing, the visual attention scatters between hitting the keyboard and watching the screen. Thus, tracing letters is important for children to improve their writing because they can focus only on drawing letters. Hence, handwriting is better for students than typing to gain more information; Alleyene confirms this (2011). In his article, Alleyne states that handwriting lets the information stick in the brain rather than typing; writing the piece of information is like imprinting it in the brain. In addition, FYI Health Writer (2011) states that since handwriting requires using motor skills which take some time to copy letters, this process helps children to develop their learning and cognition.
  • The Importance of Cursive Handwriting Over Typewriting For Learning In the Classroom: A High-Density EEG Study of 12-Year-Old Children and Young Adults 1
    www.frontiersin.org
    Author: Eva Ose Askvik, F. R. (Ruud) Van Der Weel and Audrey L. H. Van Der Meer* - In a recent EEG study, Van der Meer and Van der Weel (2017) found that drawing by hand activated larger networks in the brain compared to typewriting and concluded that the involvement of fine hand movements in note-taking, as opposed to simply pressing a key on a keyboard, may be more beneficial for learning, especially when encoding new information.

Activity List(s)

Visual Schedule Cards

Goal Bank

  • Chauncey will identify 8/10 upper case letters with minimal prompting as seen in 4 consecutive therapy sessions as a foundational skill for handwriting. 2
  • Peter will trace a vertical line without demonstration 3 out of 5 times by March 5, 2023 to enhance handwriting ability. 0
  • Annika will write 3 phonemes with minimal assistance with at least 90% accuracy for line placement, sizing, and spacing over a 3 week therapy period. 2
  • Given adaptive paper, Arnoldo will write her first name with 6/7 legible letter formations with letter within 1/8" from writing line on 3 out of 4 attempts as measured by work samples and data collection to improve handwriting and fine motor skills in 4 consecutive therapy sessions. 3
  • Jane will draw a line to connect the same objects from the left side to the right side demonstrating eye-hand coordination and visual tracking accuracy in 3 /4 attempts in 3 consecutive sessions, with verbal prompting for attention. 0

Resources

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  • Half Inch Writing Lines preview

    Half Inch Writing Lines

    Glenna Nave

    Writing Resource. Fine Motor Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Half inch wide writing lines.

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  • SMHP Star Worthy Capital Letters preview

    SMHP Star Worthy Capital Letters

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Worksheet. Fine motor Resources. Visual Processing Resources. Occupational Therapy Resources. Line Awareness Resources. Directions: circle the letter(s) in each row that is star worthy.

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  • Olympic Theme Printables preview

    Olympic Theme Printables

    Glenna Nave

    Variety of printables with an Olympic theme.

    1

  • Letter Box Matching - Summer preview

    Letter Box Matching - Summer

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resource. Letter Formation Resource. Visual Perception Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Following the Size Matters Handwriting Program, match the words on the right to the corre...

    Includes activity list

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  • Two Lined Handwriting Paper preview

    Two Lined Handwriting Paper

    Laura Lawson, OTR/L

    Reduce visual distractions by using only two lines - baseline and middle line.

    4

  • Find the Star Worthy Letters- Lower Case preview

    Find the Star Worthy Letters- Lower Case

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resources. Fine Motor Resources. Pre-writing Resource. Visual discrimination. Visual Processing Resources. Occupational Therapy Resources. OT. Directions: circle the letter(s) in each r...

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  • One Inch Writing Lines preview

    One Inch Writing Lines

    Glenna Nave

    One inch wide writing lines.

    2

  • Story Dice For Language Building and Writing Prompts, Wh- Question Dice preview

    Story Dice For Language Building and Writing Prompts, Wh- Question Dice

    Jessica Lenden-Holt

    Story dice are a fun way to elicit speech, language and writing samples and to target goals in therapy or in centers! Dice include engaging images for writing prompts and conversational starters. T...

    5

  • Movie Film Review Template preview

    Movie Film Review Template

    Jessica Lenden-Holt MA CCC-SLP

    One page, PDF. Includes: Title, Genre, Rate the Movie, What is your favorite scene in the movie, draw your favorite character and describe him or her in 1-2 sentences

    3

  • Thankful Handwriting Activity preview

    Thankful Handwriting Activity

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resource. Letter formation Worksheet. Fine Motor Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. OT. Use this thankful acrostic poem with 1/2" writing lines to practice handwriting skills.

    2

  • Halloween Handwriting preview

    Halloween Handwriting

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resource. Letter Formation resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. OT. This worksheet features 1" writing lines for handwriting practice.

    Includes activity list

    3

  • Film Movie Review Writing Prompts and Discussion preview

    Film Movie Review Writing Prompts and Discussion

    Jessica Lenden-Holt CCC-SLP

    Film Review Template Includes: Title, Genre, Actors, Setting, Star Rating, Review with lined spaced, Opinion Column (favorite character, quote, costume, scene, "What I didn't like", What I would ch...

    3

  • Birthday Activities preview

    Birthday Activities

    Glenna Nave

    Fine Motor Resource. Coloring Resource. Playdoh Resources. Occupational Therapy Resources. Eight birthday-themed activities including play-doh mats, following the directions, tracing, and color by ...

    1

  • Scavenger Hunt preview

    Scavenger Hunt

    Krystan Inman

    A scavenger hunt is fun and can be rewarding. It can boost in self-confidence and offer a sense of accomplishment our children often need. It can build self-esteem and encourage children to mingle ...

    1

  • Letter Box Matching - Farm Animals preview

    Letter Box Matching - Farm Animals

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resources. Fine Motor Worksheet. Visual processing Resources. Occupational Therapy Resources. Following the Size Matters Handwriting Program, match the words on the right to the correct...

    2

  • Homerun Handwriting preview

    Homerun Handwriting

    Glenna Nave

    Writing Resource. Fine Motor Resource. Game Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. This is a blank game board where you can add letters or words the child is working on into the blanks. The child...

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  • Camping: Handwriting preview

    Camping: Handwriting

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Worksheet. Occupational Therapy Resource. OT Resource. Have students select 6 of the items pictured that they would take on a camping trip and write them in the blanks.

    Includes activity list

    2

  • SMHP Letter Size Worksheets preview

    SMHP Letter Size Worksheets

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Worksheet. Letter Formation Worksheet. Fine Motor resource. Occupational Therapy Resources. OT. Activity printables to work on identifying letter size of lower case letters a-z and oppo...

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  • Let's Draw A Sun preview

    Let's Draw A Sun

    Kimberly Luster. COTA

    Drawing and coloring activity with simple step by step directions.

    5

  • Letter Box Matching - Spring preview

    Letter Box Matching - Spring

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resources. Letter Recognition Resources. Visual Processing Resources. Following the Size Matters Handwriting Program, match the words on the right to the correct size letter boxes on th...

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