Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L has helped children the past 30 years as a pediatric occupational therapist working as a speaker, consultant, private practitioner at her own clinic (Jenny’s Kids, Inc.), school-based occupational therapist, independent contractor for early intervention services, author, and inventor. Her passion for developing new approaches to therapy can be seen in her diverse contributions to the field, including: the evidence-based curriculum material Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes (AAPC 2004), and the sequel Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary School Activity Themes (AAPC 2009). Jenny is the inventor of Letter Treasure Hunt handwriting game (Therapro 2014). Jenny is known for her dynamic personality, sprinkled with humor that engages people to ‘think outside the box’ inspiring unlimited creative ideas. Jenny’s favorite sensorimotor recreation includes mountain biking, tennis, gardening, and photography.
Presentation Title: Every Brain is Different: How to Help Students with Dysgraphia
Illegible handwriting, also known as dysgraphia, effects students’ productivity for written communication. Participants will learn to identify functional handwriting challenges in school-age children. This presentation will discuss signs and symptoms of the three different types of dysgraphia; dyslexic dysgraphia, motor dysgraphia, and spatial dysgraphia. Participants will ascertain a variety of remedial interventions and compensatory adaptations that can be used to assist students with success in functional written communication skills for scholastic achievement. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate progression from dysgraphia identification to effective outcomes for school success. Evidence-Based Characteristics of Dysgraphia • Understand neurological characteristics and causes of dysgraphia • Differentiate between the 3 types of dysgraphia • Identify the statistical impact dysgraphia has on school performance Implementing Intervention Strategies • Develop compensatory strategies that can be implemented in a school setting • Create a repertoire interventions and programs for dysgraphia • Case Examples