I have Handwriting Without Tears (HWOT) in my classroom. It's a great curriculum for kids with and without disabilities. It focuses on a variety of skills including building, printing and identifying letters. Check out the HWOT website, because even if you don't have the curriculum in your classroom, you can still get a lot of good ideas that you can implement in your classroom.
I'm sharing some of the ways I have used HWOT and modified writing for my students with physical disabilities, including building letters, tracing, a differentiated writing.
Have students build letters with wood pieces (from HWOT or rulers), pipe cleaners, playdough, or other classroom materials.
|Students who can't hold writing utensils can stamp the letters.|
Remember students can trace letters with fingers, pencils, crayons or markers, with play-dough, on page protectors, or with a car on a "letter race track". Just remember that tracing doesn't have to involve a traditional writing utensil!
Download these play-dough mats for free here.