No More Scribbling

All children develop at varying rates. However, many otherwise normal children experience a delay in the development of their motor skills or motor coordination, resulting in them being unable to perform everyday tasks easily. For example, a child may appear clumsy and awkward and/or have difficulty learning and performing new motor tasks, such as tying shoe laces. Many of these children go undiagnosed until they reach school age, when they present with a range of problems such as an awkward pencil grip, scribbling, and lack of focus.

Teachers and parents who are with a child every day may be the first to notice the functional difficulties that a child is experiencing. Unfortunately, many are perceived as lazy or unmotivated. They may develop secondary complications such as learning difficulties, emotional, social or behavioural problems, and experience failure and frustration.

Usually these children are very bright, and a pleasure to work with in the art studio. I have designed a program of art classes to provide early intervention that I call No More Scribbling. The program assists children in learning basic motor control, forming concentration skills and developing a desire to complete tasks.

I teach the curriculum by presenting information in small segments, with lots of positive reinforcement and repetition. The child develops a renewed sense of achievement and accomplishment. In the end, the child has more positive patterns of learning, improved hand strength and control, and increased self-esteem and confidence.

There are many benefits to this type of remedial program for young children besides improving their pencil grip, drawing, painting and scissor use. Parents will notice that, at the end of the progressive 12 class program (one hour each), their child’s self- confidence will have increased and their work ethic, printing and writing skills at school improved. A child’s progress is further enhanced when combined with their parent’s dedicated involvement in the ‘art home work’.

Please contact me about this exciting program! After discussing your child's needs, I will provide you with an outline of the art sessions as well as additional tips and information for your interest.