Winter 2020


Susie Redfern developed Milestones Magazine to help individuals with disabilities and their families achieve and celebrate events and milestones in their lives.

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For some children, however, handwriting

is not just an overlooked method of

communication in the age of computers,

cellphones, and email; but a difficult, if not

impossible, chore complicated by physical

or coordination challenges.

My older son, for example, had fine motor

skills deficits that made handwriting an

extraordinarily time-consuming task. And

legible handwriting? Pretty much impossible for

him. His first IEP mentioned “control deficit”.

The school district at the time sent nobody to his

first IEP meeting to explain what that meant. A

reading teacher friend of my mother later told

me that it probably meant my son had trouble

holding a pencil (rather than the temper tantrums

I had envisioned).

This program is used by therapists in a variety of

settings, such as public schools and private therapy

programs. Chicago area Timber Ridge Pediatric

Therapy, LLC, for example, lists Handwriting

Without Tears® as one of its services on

their website.

There are a variety of strategies and programs

to help children and adults (with or without

disabilities) develop and improve their handwriting

skills. Handwriting Without Tears®, for example,

For more information about Handwriting Without

Tears®, please visit


is widely used by schools, home-schooling

programs, and therapists. Handwriting Without

Tears® was developed by occupational therapist

Jan Olsen and takes into account developmental

needs for individuals of all ages when they are

learning how to write.

To reach Stacey Montgomery, you can visit her

website, She maintains a blog;

several articles on the blog address challenges

related to the COVID-19 virus for children, teens,

and adults. M

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