DATES: Tuesday, 11th, 18th, 25th October & 8th November 2022
TIMES: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
VENUE: Online via Zoom
TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary Teachers (Junior Infants-6th Class) / SNA's / Parents
This Four-Part Webinar Series is a detailed look at Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills. The webinar is perfectly suited to Primary School Teachers (Junior Infants-6th Class), SNA's and Parents who are supporting children with these skills in the classroom.
Webinar 1: An Introduction to Fine Motor Skills – 11th October @ 7pm
This webinar will act as a starting point for fine motor skills. We will explore the neuroscience and theory behind fine motor skills, as well as introducing common phrases and terms seen in reports.
Webinar 2: Gross Motor Preparation for Handwriting – 18th October @ 7pm
This webinar will focus on getting the body ready to write. Gross motor skills are heavily linked to the development and success of fine motor skills and handwriting. Its often the foundational block, which needs to be addressed first. We will discuss gross motor skill development, as well as providing fun movement break ideas for use before writing tasks.
Webinar 3: Assessing handwriting and fine motor skills – 25th October @ 7pm
How do we actually determine if a child is having issues with handwriting, and how do we figure out what those issues actually are? This webinar will discuss a framework of assessing handwriting skills and isolating skill development needs.
Webinar 4: Supporting handwriting in the classroom – 8th November @ 7pm
This webinar is about pulling it all together. We will explore common supports and strategies that increase success and set out a plan for intervening when a child is struggling with handwriting. We will touch on assistive technology use and ideas for group intervention.
Bio of Presenter: Liath Sheehan, Occupational Therapist, BSc OT, PGCERT CBT
Liath Sheehan is an Occupational Therapist based in North Cork. She works with children and adolescents from 0-18. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the area of Developmental Coordination Disorder. Her passion is providing child-led therapy that focuses on building independence and involves a child’s entire support system.
She has completed additional training in sensory integration, cognitive behavioral therapy, feeding therapy and mindfulness for children with additional needs.