The Hemispheres Think Write programme works. The active integration of games, activities and play to help children build the necessary cognitive, motor and visual processing skills are an inherent part of this programme. The Think Write programme can be adapted and changed to meet the individual needs of children seen in a clinical setting. The programme supports the development of pre writing skill, letter formation, development of joined up writing, as well as helping children to organise their understanding of the rules that govern handwriting, visual planning and other spatial organisation skills.
What sets Hemispheres Think Write apart, is that it addresses the three component areas of handwriting: starting with the primary skill of cognitive understanding of the rules that govern letter formation, size and spatial position establishing a strong cognitive understanding before introducing letter formation and motor planning. This offers children the opportunity to build confidence in their understanding, whilst consolidating their fine motor skills, so they can bring both together at the right time to ensure success in using the right motor plan for letter formation.
Why it works for children with learning needs:
Easy step by step approach to support individual educational targets
Deliverable in small groups or individual basis
Easy targets and games can be used at home to support learning targets
Parent resources to help support the programme at home
The emphasis on categorisation and linking supports the natural cognitive skills, and simplifies the 26 alphabet letters into three letter formation groups and one group for spatial placement
The programme uses games, and play to establish or reorganise a child's thinking skills
The games are fun and interactive helping to reduce stress and anxiety for those children who are frustrated and struggling
Cognitive appreciation and awareness can be used to help most children over come any motor planning difficulties that affect letter formation
The games help reorganise stored knowledge and help children to gain confidence in what they know
The cognitive structure supports the role of the working memory and helps build speed in retrieval and recall