Parent education sessions are a key way for educators to share tips on how parents can prepare their children for school and what they will learn. Typically conducted on an annual basis, parent sessions give the school the chance to equip their community with the tools that will reinforce their school based learning.  PLD has developed […]

It is quite common for children to arrive into Foundation without a dominant hand. Research suggests that while a majority of children show a preference by 3 years of age, and others by school age, some students actually establish dominance as late as 8 or 9 years old. As teachers are not Occupational Therapists, how […]

With our increasing use of technology, is it necessary to teach children handwriting? Research suggests that the benefits of teaching handwriting go beyond simply writing (Dinehart, 2014). There is increasing evidence of a link between the fine motor skills required in handwriting and the development of cognitive skills which lay the foundation for later academic […]

There is currently insufficient handwriting instruction in Australian schools and children’s handwriting has become slower because they practice less.When handwriting becomes automatic, children can concentrate on what they are writing not how they are writing. A multisensory approach appears to have significant advantages in developing handwriting skills and a consistent reading and handwriting font is recommended to enhance children’s handwriting and literacy acquisition. Through establishing ideal handwriting technique, each student’s potential for academic success will be maximised.