Handwriting Tree® is a Fun, New and Unique Way to Teach Handwriting! 2018-06-13T00:15:59+00:00

Handwriting Tree® was designed by a pediatric occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience.  This unique kit is packed with engaging, multisensory activities that effectively teach handwriting.

The program improves outcomes for all students, and has been designed to be particularly beneficial  for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities.

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Colorful characters promote fun, letter recall, and accelerate learning.  It is simple to use, does not require special training, and is super engaging for kids.
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Combines a multitude of development and evidenced-based practices into one powerful program that promote letter formation and writing legibility.
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“The kids absolutely loved it and were drawn to it. Students that I thought were too old for the program would ask to use it. Students who previously struggled with attention and focus during handwriting instruction demonstrated marked improvement using this program. My students enjoyed the stories that went along with the letter strokes.”

Vanessa MacKay, Senior Occupational Therapist, Washington, DC Metro area

“I used the Handwriting Tree with one of my K students this morning, and it was amazing! She usually is so inattentive to handwriting activities. Today in a 30-minute session, she only required one break! Plus, she was having so much fun!”

Vanessa MacKay, Senior Occupational Therapist, Washington, DC Metro area

“The Handwriting Tree program is more engaging than other programs! Students were immediately interested in all the materials. On several occasions, when the tree was on my table, students immediately asked what it was and requested to do the program. My students showed improvement in their attention and were able to engage in handwriting activities for longer periods of time. They also were having fun and were less resistant to handwriting in general.”

Vanessa MacKay, Senior Occupational Therapist, Washington, DC Metro area

“I would love to use this program with my pre-school to 1st graders, as well as students with autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, I’d use it with any students I had struggled to use more traditional handwriting programs with. I had a 3rd and 4th grader who both loved it!”

Vanessa MacKay, Senior Occupational Therapist, Washington, DC Metro area

“It is just perfect. The reverse chalkboard is quiet so many of my ASD students really liked it better than a squeaky chalkboard.”

Tina Collup, Senior Hospital-Based Occupational Therapist, Charlotte, NC

“I love the Handwriting Tree program! It’s fabulous. A million times better than other methods. I LOVE that it’s so minimal! It’s all you need!”

Tina Collup, Senior Hospital-Based Occupational Therapist, Charlotte, NC

“Kids engaged from the beginning with the visuals of the tree and animal chips. Use of the tape and colorful noodles helped to keep their interest. The worksheets are fantastic. I love the boxes (another program also uses boxes, but the boxes are only one size) and especially that the boxes becomes increasingly smaller. I love that there is plenty of practice space (whereas some other programs generally has less than 10 attempts to form the letter in their beginner book).”

Tina Collup, Senior Hospital-Based Occupational Therapist, Charlotte, NC

“Children with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or those with intellectual disabilities, present with a unique set of educational requirements and challenges. These include hand weakness, grip and pinch strength weakness, and difficulties with spatial skills. Handwriting Tree addresses all these issues and more.”

Melissa Miller, senior occupational therapist and creator of the Handwriting Tree, Washington, DC Metro area

“I found that other programs did not provide enough practice pages and lacked gradation for forming letters. The Handwriting Tree program starts with large blocks, which are easier for the novice hand writers and gradually introduces smaller blocks, which promotes decreasing letter size.”

Melissa Miller, Senior Occupational Therapist and creator of the Handwriting Tree, Washington, DC Metro area

“ASD students, students with intellectual disabilities, as well as normally-developing students benefit from the Handwriting Tree’s engaging characters, which help them innately learn where letters start and stop relative to paper guidelines.”

Melissa Miller, Senior Occupational Therapist and creator of the Handwriting Tree, Washington, DC Metro area

“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.”

Melissa Miller, Senior Occupational Therapist and creator of the Handwriting Tree, Washington, DC Metro area

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