Handwriting Basics

for parents, caregivers and teachers of pre-schoolers and school aged children 


Why are fine motor skills important?

Our arms, hands and fingers help us complete most if not all of our daily tasks— from brushing our teeth to writing a note. And these skills start to develop when we're babies.  

Parents ask "why should they learn to write if the digital world is taking over?" or "does my child need to print his name before getting to school?"

With the influx of screen usage and the fact that teachers aren't required to formally teach how to write letters and numbers, we are seeing more and more children losing confidence and independence in activities like shoe lacing, handwriting and cutting.

Learning handwriting and having good fine motor skills is important for so many reasons. I also believe that play is the priority and not paper pencil activities. However, there is a way for your child to learn the concepts and skills needed to print while also having fun!  

In this 90 minute class, you will:

  1. Discover fun and easy ways to teach key concepts before doing any sort of paper-pencil tasks

  2. Understand the developmental sequence of fine motor skills, handwriting and cutting and how to support your child while keeping it simple.

  3. Learn why it is important to build good writing habits (this will save you time)

  4. Receive visual and verbal cues cheat sheet for handwriting

    We will talk about hand dominance, grasp, letter formation and so much more.


Location: The Chi Junky Studio, 70 McGee St in Leslieville

Date: Wednesday, May 31st 9:30am-11:00

Cost for class $40

Individual hour consultation $150 



I believe...

  • play (after sleep) is one of the most important activities of our lives— no matter what age

  • screens & apps don't help develop finger dexterity and coordination

  • it's ok for kids to be bored

  • printing is a skill that needs to be taught

A little about me.

After shadowing an occupational therapist (OT) for the day at a children's treatment centre, I was hooked. In 2005, I graduated as an OT and have worked with hundreds of families dealing with a wide range of challenges. 

When I became a mom, I was able to apply my knowledge and experience in paediatrics, to guide my daughters along in their development and at the same time simplify my life as a mom. As an experienced OT, I knew what to look for, how to meet their developmental needs and when to worry and when to relax.  

Foundations of fine motor development 

During this time, you will expand your understanding of fine motor development and leave equipped with some practical strategies to apply at home. 


Location: The Chi Junky Studio, 70 McGee St in Leslieville

Date: Wednesday, May 31st 9:30am-11:00am

Cost for class $40

Private 1 hr consultation $150 

Do you have questions? Let me know


Disclaimer: This class offers concepts related to the field of occupational therapy and the growth and development of children. The information presented is not intended to serve as or replace occupational therapy services for your child. Should your child require occupational therapy services, you can find a qualified clinician in your area.