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Write from the start: Unique Programme to Develop the Fine Motor and Perceptual Skills Necessary for Effective Handwriting (3 volumes) Paperback – 18 Jul 1998


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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: LDA (18 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855032457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855032453
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 2.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ability to produce fluent, legible handwriting with ease is something that affects attainment in most areas of the curriculum, yet many children continue to struggle with this vital skill. Based on holistic principles, this programme offers a different approach, developing the muscles of the hand - so that children gain the necessary control to produce letter forms - alongside the perceptual skills required to orientate and organize letter and words. The programme is effective for mainstream children aged 4-6 years, children with developmental co-ordination disorders and older children with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Over 400 carefuly graded exercises and activities develop hand-eye co-ordination, form constancy, spatial organization, figure-ground discrimination, orientation and laterality. The package consists of two pupil workbooks and a teacher's handbook.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dr. K. E. Patrick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2010
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This programme comes with two books and a teacher's manual. I have started my 5-year-old and 3-year-old off with the first one, and my 7-year-old with the second. They all enjoy doing it because instead of endless formation of letters, this handwriting programme focusses on pen control through various drawing lessons.

The first book starts off simply with following dotted lines around circles, triangles, and squares, of different sizes, sometimes on the inside of them, sometimes on the outside of them.

The second book starts off with tiny little circles which the child puts dots inside, and then moves up to joining them, first only three or four, and then whole pages of dots.

There are some exercises within the workbooks that deal with letter formation, but most of it is a spatial, geometric way of controlling the pen.

I highly recommend it as a handwriting programme, because the children like doing it -- which is more than I can say about other programmes I've tried.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Frances M. G. Boardman on 24 Aug. 2007
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I have been using the exercises in this book for 6 weeks. The improvement in my son's writing has been really amazing. The best part is that my son has actually enjoyed it.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2006
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This pack comes with 2 children's books and a teacher/ parent handbook. I bought it for a boy in my class with an autistic spectrum disorder, who finds it very difficult to hold his pencil and maintain grip whilst writing. After 4 weeks I am already beginning to see an improvement thanks to the activities. A brilliant pack and worth the money.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mrs C Hislop on 26 Aug. 2005
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I was recommended to use this programme by a paediatrician, as my son (7 years old) has very untidy writing. I have been using it for my 5 year old too. Both of them have enjoyed completing the activities. The programme consists of repeating series of patterns, which the children found fun. I hope it helps with their handwriting when they go back to school after the holidays!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Wren on 28 Mar. 2008
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A great resource, especially for boys who may be wary of handwriting exercises as too 'girly'. The exercises are completed with enthusiasm by all. Not only have we seen an improvement in handwriting, but also in drawing, painting and most importantly self-confidence. Great.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anne M on 30 Dec. 2010
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Bought this for my 6 and 9 year old sons with Dyspraxia, who both struggle with writing. I planned to use it over the summer hols. Borrowed school photocopier so they could work on their own copies and offered them bribes (computer/tv time), for every 15 - 30 minute session they completed. They practiced almost every day over the 6 weeks holidays, my nine year old getting as far as book 8. There was some minor grumbling but they didn't mind doing the excercises too much. By the end of the hols there was some minor improvement in the cursive quality of my nine year old's writing, but I am not sure it it has made more than just a little difference to my six years olds writing.
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By Bee on 6 July 2014
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I have started using this programme and I can see the value it brings. My son is 6 and is having great difficulty with hand writing. It is so important to write with ease at school that I have decided to work with him at home to help develop his skills. I know that it is used in his school by learning support so felt confident giving it a try. We are having fun completing the booklets and there is a sense of pride in working through them.
I would say that there is possibly not quite enough information for the non specialist to feel confident that the exercises are being done correctly and the theory sections lack detail. Still, it appears to be a good structured programme that looks as if it will have a positive effect.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Love2Read on 19 April 2010
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I read the teacher's/parents book that goes with this package (there are two large books and the guidance notes so it is extremely good value for money) and was amazed to see that Todoresco was from Romania. He developed this program whilst in charge of an orphanage with children who were severely impaired, and/or deprived in conjunction with a British OT who was out there volunteering. Eventually he was so motivated to make a difference for those children that he became Director and it is only now his work is being recognised in his own country (well researched here).

The book consists of carefully graded exercises. But they are gentle, clear and cute. I thought I had done a pretty good job of teaching my son to write. This book opened my eyes to the fact that I had taught him those specific writing skills but his visual perception and co-ordination were not secure. My son has taken to this like a duck to water, the exercises are very relaxed but it soon becomes apparent where the problems are - even the placement of the pen and judgement of distance need work and without remediation wouldn't have happened.

Worth the money. I see improvements in my Son's attention as a result.

Happy handwriting!
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