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The Handwriting Without Tears® program provides your child with the necessary skills to be successful with handwriting in school. Developed by Jan Olsen, an occupational therapist, Handwriting Without Tears® is a developmentally based program designed to progress a child’s fine motor skills along with visual skills through fun and interactive activities. The program is offered by the Center for Independence at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Professionals from Occupational Therapy will work with children who participate in this program.
Children ages 3 to 11 who need assistance with their developmentally appropriate handwriting skills.
For children who are entering or will continue in a pre-kindergarten environment. This course will provide instruction on hand dominance, prewriting strokes, forming basic shapes, body awareness, and developing boundary awareness through gross and fine motor activities.
For children who have mastered coloring within the lines, letter recognition, and are able to write their first name on a line. This course will focus on grasp, boundary awareness, upper case letter formation, and fine motor skills.
For children who have been introduced to all upper case and lower case printed letters. This course focuses on the correct formation of printed upper and lowercase letters, words, and numbers.
For children who have mastered printing and have been introduced to cursive handwriting. Both upper and lowercase cursive writing will be reviewed.
Handwriting Without Tears® is held twice a week for one hour at a time for four consecutive weeks.
For more information and to begin the intake process, call the Center for Independence at 724-933-9286. A brief screening will be completed prior to the start of the program to determine whether your child is a good candidate for the course.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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