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OTS 141: Innovative Strategies for Improving Handwriting

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 141 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

How can the strategic use of color and contrast in writing programs not only capture children's attention but also foster a focused environment for handwriting tasks?

In this episode of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast, guest Helene Lieberman discusses her journey of developing a program, seeking feedback from colleagues, and making adjustments based on their input. The program features high-contrast laminated pages to reduce distractions, helping children with low vision and attention deficit disorder focus on writing tasks.

Join us as we explore the intersection of program development, collaborative feedback, and the pursuit of effective interventions!

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will understand the process and challenges involved in developing a program for school-based occupational therapy.

  • Learners will identify the potential impact of creating evidence-based programs and interventions in school-based occupational therapy, including the benefits of pairing with academics to conduct formal research projects to evaluate the efficacy of interventions.

  • Learners will identify the challenges and strategies for managing and collecting program data for multiple students in a school-based setting, and learn about the importance of keeping careful records and monitoring progress during therapy sessions.

Guest Bio

Helene Lieberman MS, OTR/L received her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health and a Master’s Degree in Family Support Studies at Nova Southeastern University.

She is NDT Trained in Pediatrics, trained to implement Interactive Metronome and IM Home systems, ILS and SIPT Certified.

For the past 34 years she has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, Intermediate Care Facilities and home health.

Helene is the creator of BlackBack Writing to teach shapes, letters and numbers and is developing writing paper to teach the proper alignment of letters.


“Take pictures and keep a file and see if you notice a difference… and keeping it in a secure place.”

-Helene Lieberman, OTR/L

“Let's say if you have a problem and you solve it with a good idea, other people probably had similar problems and are looking for something to solve that problem.”

-Helene Lieberman, OTR/L

“Research in 2022…learners who struggle with handwriting also tend to struggle with keyboarding.”

-Jayson Davies, MA., OTR/L

“Research shows that when writing is done, there is an increase in literacy as well, whether it's letter recognition, whether it is, their reading, also memory is increased.”

-Helene Lieberman, OTR/L


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Innovative Strategies For Improving Handwriting
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