About the Handwriting Tree® Program

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Handwriting Tree® is a Fun, New and Unique Way to Teach Handwriting!

Each Handwriting Tree kit is packed with an integrated set of learning activities spanning from three-dimensional tasks to workbook and extensive writing practice templates. This approach, unique to the Handwriting Tree, engages students and delivers an effective multi-sensory approach to learning.

The Handwriting Tree’s novel “reverse color chalkboard” benefits the ASD population by incorporating a seamless transition from learning on a chalkboard, which promotes effective motor feedback, to writing on paper. Individual letter practice pads are provided in the shape of the chalkboard, which further encourages an easy transition to paper. The size of the writing templates is gradually decreased until the student can achieve excellent results using regular lined kindergarten paper.

Everyone! This new and engaging program is great for all handwriting students, but has also been specifically designed to address the unmet needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and for students with intellectual disabilities, who often struggle with handwriting instruction using currently available practices.
Any instructor! No special training is needed to teach with the Handwriting Tree®, which makes it highly attractive for use in schools, clinics, or home school settings. Anyone can teach with Handwriting Tree, including teachers, occupational therapists, parents, or tutors.

A lot! First, kids love it! Students are drawn immediately to the materials and ask to work with them.

Novel, patented materials innately encourage proper starting and stopping points for letter formation. Letters are taught in an order that ensures early success and builds confidence.

Here are more benefits of teaching using the Handwriting Tree® Program

  • Kids love it! Students are drawn immediately to the materials and ask to work with them.
  • Novel, patented, lined paper innately encourages proper starting and stopping points for letter formation.
  • Letters are taught in an order that ensures early success and builds confidence.
  • Handwriting Tree provides a series of varied activities to engage students and promote a multi-sensory approach to learning.
  • Students construct letters from three-dimensional materials and move on to tracing letters on fun variety of templates, workbook materials, and practice sheets.
  • Students first use engaging character-based markers to learn where to begin letter formation.
  • They then practice on a patented reverse chalkboard, which is unique to the Handwriting Tree and provides critical sensory-motor feedback that “locks in” letter formation.
  • Varied size practice materials encourage an easy transition to standard school papers. A series of practice templates provide continually decreasing levels of support and promote forming letters of decreasing size.
  • Handwriting Tree is unique among all available handwriting systems because students can enter the system at any point, based on their skills and experience.

  • The Handwriting Tree program is particularly useful for students with specific handwriting issues, such as letter reversal, inability to position letters properly on guidelines, or decreased writing speed.
  • Handwriting Tree contains the only “reverse color chalkboard” in the world. This new, patented device permits students to write with dark chalk on a light surface that contains writing guidelines.
  • The reverse chalkboard addresses an unmet need of ASD students, who often find transitioning between white chalk on a dark board to white paper with a dark writing implement to be challenging. Our unique reverse chalkboard allows ASD or other students to gain sensory motor feedback from the chalkboard and transition easily to paper — since the colors are the same.
  • All other marketed handwriting systems employ dark colored chalkboards.
  • The Handwriting Tree reverse colored chalkboard provides a seamless transition to paper components, which have the exact same color patterns and guidelines.
  • At the same time, writing templates encourage correct letter formation, decrease reversals, and promote correct starting points, stopping points, and letter formation sequence.
  • All components of the Handwriting Tree program are evidence-based from the research literature, combined best practices learned through over 25 years of hands on experience the field of occupational therapy.