March 16, 2018 from 8:30 am - 3:45 pm

CABOCES Conference Rooms 1-3; 1825 Windfall Road, Olean, NY 14760

Co-sponsored by CABOCES for Coser eligibility

6 Hours CTLE & .6 CEUs for AOTA/OT

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

                  • Cite handwriting research and SMHP evidence
                  • Identify & explain Key Concepts
                  • Describe strategies to implement SMHP in various settings
                  • Identify and list supportive SMHP therapy materials
                  • Discuss data collection, including Screening, Assessment, goal writing and Progress Monitoring Forms A & B

Workshop Schedule:

  •  Introduction, Research on Handwriting 
  • SMHP Evidence!
  • 8 Key Concepts
10:00-10:15     Break


  • Implementation Options: Push-in, Pullout, Curriculum…
  • Written Language Production Standards
  • Accommodations
11:45-12:30     Lunch


  • Implementation Options (continued):  Centers with Lab
  • Home Program, Handwriting Clubs
  • Copying Lab
  • Strategies Before, During and After
  • Response to Intervention
2:00-2:15         Break


  • Data - POVS, Intake, Progress Monitoring
  • Interpretation & Goal Writing 
  • Questions and Answers

The two labs are in the afternoon and presenter supplies the materials to both.  There are 4 Center Time stations in which participants make various materials that they can use with their students.  The stations are listed below along with the materials used.

  • Blotters.  White construction paper.  Yellow, black and green markers.  Used under students writing paper to soften the writing surface. 
  • Letter Line Equation cards.  Letter line pictures. Scissors.  Colored paper, Tape.  Used to help children identify the component letter lines in each letter
  • Letter Blocks.  Pink, yellow and blue foam sheets.  Scissors.  Rulers.  Used to graph words and sentences. 
  • Letter Block envelopes.  Colored paper, yarn, sentence strips, tape, hole punch.  Used to store cut letter blocks.

The Copying lab requires a separate writing paper and will be provided.



We are sent an electronic copy of the slides so participants can follow along and take notes.  The entire presentation provides a tremendous amount of information from which the participants can start immediately implementing the concepts.  Size Matters is concept-driven.  You do not need the materials, especially since you can (and will) make some yourselves!  The materials will be on display, so everyone can see what is available.  We encourage some of the materials when districts adopt the program for consistency of implementation and language.  However, I must emphasize again, that they are not essential to help children become legible printers.