April 26 , 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month, Director of Physical Medicine at Maury Regional Medical Center Cindy Kington, highlights Handwriting Without Tears, a new program being offered to individuals at the Maury Regional Physical Therapy Center.

“As children are taught to write, they are also taught to express themselves. If they struggle with their letters, their ability to express themselves will suffer,” said Kington. “Handwriting Without Tears helps make legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students.”

The Handwriting Without Tears program uses a multisensory approach instead of a traditional pencil and paper approach. Multisensory activities include: building letters with wooden pieces, roll-a-dough letters, stamp and see, activity songs, a slate chalkboard, and workbooks.

“Using the different senses allows children and those with learning disabilities to learn directionality, vocabulary and imitation, positioning, and sequencing skills all related to handwriting skills. Most importantly, Handwriting Without Tears allows children to have fun while learning to improve their handwriting skills,” said Kington.