אוגוסט 2005, כרך 14, מס' 3

 
 
A Program to Prepare Children with Learning Disabilities for Handwriting in a School for Special Education
מאת: Sharon Gophna
מילות מפתח: pre-writing skills, group intervention, consultation
 
Summary:
Occupational therapists working in the school system in Israel treat many children with difficulties in handwriting and pre-writing skills. The purpose of this article is to present an intervention program to improve pre-writing skills and client factors necessary for writing. The program was implemented with first grade children in a primary school for children with special needs. All the children that took part in this study exhibited severe learning disabilities as well as attention deficit disorders and behavioral disorders. The program’s innovation lies in its applicability within the students’ classroom, in a group setting in collaboration with the homeroom teacher and the teaching assistant, using a consultation model. The program enabled the students to generalize the skills practiced to other subjects learned and encouraged collaboration between the teaching staff and the occupational therapist in achieving treatment goals. This article presents the program’s structure, its unique aspects and the rationale for group therapy in the classroom, as well as recommending future applications.
Sharon Gophna,MSc, OT, Department of Education, Tel-Aviv