Printing

We understand that for some children, printing practice only leads to frustration, not perfection. The goal of our printing programs is to emphasize success for each child in order to build a sense of confidence when writing. Emphasis is placed on the component skills required for proficient writing, including pencil grasp, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, spatial skills, and motor planning. We use a multi-sensory approach and activities that are both fun and rewarding. For older children, we offer help organizing thoughts into written expression, as well as support with the mechanics of sentence and paragraph structure. We offer printing programs both individually and in small groups, depending on the needs of the child.

We offer printing groups during the school year in 3 blocks, Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Please refer to the right hand panel for start dates on the upcoming session schedule.

We offer the following Printing Groups: 

Upper Case Letters 

This program teaches the formation of all 26 upper case letters using the “Handwriting Without Tears” program developed by Jan Olsen, Occupational Therapist. Learning to print upper case letters helps children develop basic printing skills such as pencil grasp, line control and shape recognition. Areas of 
focus include letter formation, pencil control and fine motor skills. 

Offered in 1:1 sessions and as a group program.

Lower Case Letters

This program is for children who have acquired the ability to print upper case letters. 
Children are taught to print using a series of consistent “rules” which reinforce proper letter formation (for example, always starting from the top).  Areas of focus include letter formation, letter placement, printing on the line, pencil control, and fine motor skills.

 

Offered in 1:1 sessions and as a group program.

Words and Sentences

This program makes the transition from learning how to print single letters to copying words and sentences while maintaining proper letter formation, line control and spacing between words. Areas of focus 
include letter formation, visual-motor skills, visual perceptual skills and fine motor skills.

 

Offered in 1:1 sessions and as a group program.

Printing Group Schedule

Spring  Group  begins April 27. 2019

Duration: 8 weeks excluding May long weekend

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm: Words and sentences
Saturdays at 10:00 am: Upper Case
Saturdays at 11:00 am: Lower case

max 4 students per group
2:1 ratio

Printing Group Fees:

Early bird rate before April 13, 2019:  $480 for 8 sessions

After April 13, 2019: $540 for 8 sessions

*All printing programs are also offered 1:1 at  your home, school or our clinic

For more information for individual or group sessions call us at                 647-236-4263

658 Danforth, Suite 406
Toronto, ON
M4J 5B9

Group Registration Information and Policies

  • Registrations are received on a first come first serve basis.
  • You can register online or call us at 647-236-4263
  • Class Size: Min 2 students – Max. 4 students (an assistant will be assigned when there is more than two children enrolled in the group)
  • Payment for the group must be submitted to register (cheque, e-mail money transfer, or credit card).
  • We reserve the right to cancel a group secondary to low enrolment. Registrants will be notified one to two weeks before the first session. Any payments will be returned or refunded to the family promptly.
  • New students to Hand Skills for Children:  In order to ensure appropriate placement of your child in a group and to establish individualized goals, new students to Hand Skills for Children must have a fine and printing assessment completed. The fee for the assessment at or clinic is $130.00. Occupational Therapy assessment reports completed at other facilities are accepted in lieu of an assessment, as long as the assessment was completed within 6 months of the group start date.  Please note, that for new students to Hand Skills, if the first session proves too challenging, then your OT may provide recommendations for a different group or 1:1 sessions.  Fees for the remaining 7 sessions will be refunded accordingly.
  • Group fees include materials.
  • No refunds for missed classes by the student.