The OT Practice Framework stresses the importance of including our patients, clients or students in the discussion. From evaluation to treatment planning, soliciting a child’s perspective and insuring his understanding of what’s going on… on whatever level of comprehension matches his intellectual level, become keys to carryover.
Put simply, when our students have a say in their therapy, they are more likely to value the time, the activity and the goals as meaningful. This can be the critical first step to the buy in.
And it can be a simple as a roll of the dice.
Playing the Dice Game is fun and empowering. Dice can be used to determine initial practice or remediation.
Start by showing a child an assortment of dice. Offer a mixture of colors, finishes, sizes and facets, from 4 sided to 20-sided. Next, tell the student, “Select a die that is calling your name.”
The student then rolls the dice. Whatever number comes up is the amount of times the child has to print a STAR-WORTHY individual letter, a group of letters or a word. If the child rolls a five, explain that 5 STAR-WORTHY letters must be printed. If the child prints five letters, but only 2 are STAR-WORTHY, s/he is still printing that letter.
To be STAR-WORTHY, not only do the letters have to be the correct size. They also have to be made using the correct letter lines and correct starting points. In other words, the Dice Game becomes an opportunity to fine-tune letter printing.
So while we only score for SIZE for the purpose of data collection, when we play The Dice Game, we’re also looking at the other variables that contribute to uniformity and mature habits.
Your children will love this idea. They may even purposefully seek out the multifaceted dice because of their novelty. They will revel in the fact that we are obliged to respect whichever number is rolled… even if it’s a one, though I caution them teasingly that it had better be a good one!
Everyone is a winner.
The Dice game–it’s both entertaining and addicting. In fact, its unpredictable outcome appears to level the field. Teachers, therapists and students defer to the laws of probability. In a word, handwriting practice has been elevated to a crap-shoot!