How Can You Help Your Child

Below are some advice sheets about how to develop your child’s prewriting, scissor and dressing skills.

We hope these help you get started and feel like you are doing something that will really help.


Advice on Using a Pencil, Drawing & Writing

Early Pencil Skills

Advice to Improve Pencil Grasp

Advice to Improve Letter Formations

Advice to Improve Approach to Handwriting

Advice on Dressing & Undressing

How to Support Early Dressing Skills

Dressing and Undressing


Equipment and Resources

Equipment and Resource Details

Ian's Shoelace Site

Learn traditional and adapted types of knots to tie your shoelaces in simple and basic steps, with lots of visual supports. Whether you're after shoelace tying speed, simplicity, security or style, there are 18 different shoelace knots to choose from, including several that Ian, the creator of the website, has created himself.

Dexteria Apps

A range of apps centred on increasing finger dexterity and fine motor skills in children and young people. It uses a fun and interactive game, with different levels of difficulty, which gets progressively harder as the games. Each app contains a few different games/activities that work on different areas of hand development.

OTs with Apps

A list of useful websites containing information and links for apps that can be downloaded to reinforce learning, providing a fun and interactive way. Some apps are free to download, whilst others have a charge. All prices are noted next to the links to the apps. Some are downloadable onto I Phones, android devices or a mixture of both.

Occupational Therapy Plan

An activity idea search engine for paediatric occupational therapy activities. Match skills you want to work on, with materials you have, to a detailed occupational therapy treatment activity.

OT Fine Motor Skills on Pinterest

Lots of creative ideas!

25 Fine Motor Activities Using Household Items.

Therapy Street for Kids - Occupational Therapy

Therapy Street for Kids is your short cut to finding therapeutic activities to enhance your child's occupational therapy programme.

Websites with Free Typing Resources


Tux Typing


BBC Guides


Typing Test


Free Typing Game


Only Typing Games


Learning Games for Kids


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