In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month, The Execu|Search Group’s Bridge Travel Healthcare staffing division hosted an in-house handwriting review workshop for their working therapists. The 120-minute workshop was led by Laura Chess, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with 30+ years of experience.
“As part of our continuing efforts to educate our candidates on topics that could increase their professional marketability, this workshop was especially relevant,” explains Michelle Callahan, a Staffing Manager within Bridge Travel Healthcare who organized the workshop. “Since many of our therapists work in schools, handwriting review is an area of focus that they see quite frequently. When they expressed interest in learning more about it, we made sure we could provide them with the tools they needed for success.”
During the workshop, the class participated in both frontal and group interactive lessons, which focused on the following topics:
- Behavior: The class explored the functions of behavior-avoidance and escape attention; classroom culture; reinforcement preferences/motivating activities; token economies; and the difference between group and one-on-one sessions
- Organizational skills: Laura educated the group on attention and focus and handwriting programs used in particular schools to determine visual, auditory, and physical reinforcements for visual motor integration
- Fine Motor Development: This covered dominance, grasp, bilateral coordination, writing utensils, cutting skills, and adaptive equipment
- Sensory Motor Development: Laura’s presentation on this topic discussed visual coordination, kinesthesia, proprioception, vestibular, and adaptive equipment