Intervention strategies

Interventions are used to support specific students.  They can be used through the session but are often used during the writing portion, when a child may need specific modifications to improve his or her writing performance.  These interventions can be easily implemented in the classroom to accommodate a performance limitation.  They are helpful in promoting  writing legibility, fluency and/or endurance.  The occupational therapist can provide specific instruction on how these interventions can or should be used with an individual student. Click on the strategy or tool name for an additional information about each strategy.

Strategy or Tool Goal
Move and sit cushion Cushions can help to improve posture. They can also provide slight movement to increase attention or to meet the needs of a sensory seeking student.
Slant Boards A slant board places written work at an angle in front of the student.  It can help the student use a better grasp pattern, visually attend to and track words on the paper, and encourage upright posture.
Spacer A space helps the student align his letters, inserting a space between words
Pencil Grip A pencil grip can promote a tripod grasp and help the students hold the pencil with a dynamic, open thumb webspace grasp.
Handwriting Without Tears Paper This paper simplifies the spaces to help the student orient his letters appropriately
Highlighted Baseline Highlighting the baseline helps the student align his work and write on the correct space.
Raised Line Paper Raised line paper gives the student a tactile cue in addition to the visual cue to assist in aligning his written work

 

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