SIZE MATTERS HANDWRITING PROGRAM
by Beverly H. Moskowitz, DOT, MS OTR/L FAOTA
Finally an alternative research based effective method for teaching and remediating handwriting. This program was developed by Dr. Moskowitz. Who says. “when it comes to neat printing Focus on SIZE and FORM will follow”.
This unique directive distinguishes the SIZE MATTERS HANDWRITING PROGRAM as the most efficient way of promoting printing consistency and competence. More than a font, it is the big picture that enables children to see their writing as a whole, rather than merely individual letters. Using straight-forward Key Concepts and ‘tactile’ visuals, children know what they’re aiming for and how to get there. The result is practically overnight legibility.
SMHP is a full curriculum that is also fiscally responsible. For beginner printers, consumable workbooks are suggested. In higher grades, the necessary materials are few and either reusable or reproducible. Use the language from your own literacy, social studies, science or other academic program. SMHP easily complements and supplements existing curriculum. This makes it especially appropriate for today’s schools in which handwriting instruction has been marginalized and yet the number of handwriting referrals has skyrocketed. By reinforcing the Key Concepts during spelling and vocabulary lessons, children practice printing all day long. Children are scored using familiar and meaningful words, phrasing and sentences. Tracking accuracy in letter sizes and spaces is calculated through simple ratios. Data collection has never been faster than with Progress Monitoring Forms A and B.
Reflective of best practices, SMHP employs all the strategies proven most effective in impacting change, including child-centered treatment, multi-sensory input, memorable mnemonics, embedded instruction, self-monitoring, frequent visual cuing, parent/teacher involvement and more. The Size Matters Handwriting Program has been the subject of several efficacy studies, including the largest ever. Two schools— one urban (Massachusetts) and one rural (New York) with two classrooms each in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, a control group and an intervention group, followed an 8-week protocol. The difference was dramatic and immediate, showing a clear, measurable and significant advantage (p<.001 for legibility, form, alignment and size) for the students involved in SMHP.
If Dr. Moskowitz is ever in your area lecturing – Don’t Miss It – She lectured to Advocates, parents and OTs. She kept me energized and alert for 2 full days while I was amazed as she presented her practical and efficient program components. She is a brilliant lady and a powerhouse full of OT knowledge.
Why didn’t anyone think of this method before? 2 of my children have used the only alternative program out there without success. Thank you Beverly! for the time and effort you put into organizing such a life altering program. Anytime we can have less tears at homework I am all for it! You have no idea how many lives you have changed already.
Contact her at:
A sample of her program is locally available for review at the NSEAI’s - National Resource & Training Center.
National Special Education Advocacy Institute
3625 Chapel Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Which is usually open Wednesdays from 10am -2pm to the public or by appointment.
Everyone who has seen this program loves it!