Building Blocks of Handwriting Workshop

2-hour, half-day, and full-day workshops available

Stephanie’s knowledge, insight, and experience seems tailor-made to our preschool age-group. As a result of her engaging presentation, we made motor-skill improvements and additions to our play-based curriculum the very next day.
~ The Teachers of Davis Community Church Nursery School, Davis, CA

Did You Know?

  • Many children do not have sufficient hand skills to support efficient handwriting.
  • Young children are often encouraged to use pencils and markers before they are developmentally ready.
  • Early writing practice often results in poor pencil grasp, poor legibility, bad habits that are hard to break, and an avoidance of writing later in school.
  • Preschool-age children need to focus on developing crucial foundational skills to ensure academic success.
Stephanie Roberts, MA, OTR/L, Girls playing with toy Stephanie Roberts, MA, OTR/L, boy holding toy Stephanie Roberts, MA, OTR/L, boy writing

What Will You Learn?

  • The foundational “Building Blocks” that are crucial for handwriting readiness.
  • Developmental grasp patterns and how to choose the correct coloring/writing tool for your child.
  • How to better prepare young children for success with handwriting and in school.
  • The best toys to purchase and how to create great fine motor toys out of recycled/cheap materials.
  • Developmental “red flags” of which parents and teachers should be aware.
  • How to easily fit a variety of fine motor activities into your daily life.
  • Loads of activity ideas to facilitate the development of hand skills that are inexpensive, fun, and easy to implement in both home and preschool settings
As an elementary educator and a mother of two preschoolers, I gained invaluable insight into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of fine and gross motor development, something my teacher education program didn’t address. Stephanie also gave me the tools to support struggling kids. Her presentation is a must see for all educators and parents!
~ Janice Brehler, Teacher & Parent
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Who Should Attend?

  • This interactive workshop is primarily designed for parents and educators working with young children.
  • Valuable tips, activities, and accommodations can be easily incorporated into both school and home environments.
  • Developmental patterns and activities discussed are relevant to children of all abilities.


Stephanie Roberts, MA, OTR/L, Girl writing on paper
Stephanie’s presentation opened my eyes to the importance of building fine motor skills in children, and taught me what to look for. Plus, I loved all the suggestions for fun and inexpensive activities at home that will tune my kids’ fine motor skills while keeping them entertained.
~ Adelié Barry, Parent