Handwriting is one of the fastest growing areas of referral to occupational therapy. Many students need help with handwriting, but only a small number qualify for OT services. As a result, more educators are sharing what they have learned from the Handwriting Without Tears® program. The only certification program of its kind in the country, Certification provides exceptional training and resources at an affordable price to become a certified handwriting specialist.
Our certified handwriting specialists have access to The Print Tool™ online scoring tool to facilitate the evaluation process.
HWT uses child-friendly, multisensory materials that make learning to write a fun and enjoyable experience for kids. My students experienced dramatic improvement in handwriting skills in a very short time.
By the end of certification, you'll be able to do the following:
- Accurately score and interpret the Print Tool Assessment by completing two Print Tool Case Studies that are provided at the Handwriting Assessment Workshop.
- Write parent-friendly reports, set goals, determine remediation activities and document progress for evidence-based practice by successfully completing two handwritten reports from the two Print Tool Case Studies that are provided at the Handwriting Assessment Workshop.
- Understand the complete Handwriting Without Tears curriculum from Pre-K through 5th grade and the Handwriting Without Tears Print Tool assessment by completing a self-paced, open book, multiple choice exam.
- Using resources on our website, you will successfully complete an in-service to a small group of individuals to increase their knowledge of the subject of handwriting. You will be asked to submit evaluation forms that attendees will complete at the end of your in-service that will rank your ability to complete this in-service and increase others' knowledge of handwriting.
- Hold ANY Bachelor’s Degree or be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with an associate degree.
- Attend our handwriting workshops (see our professional development section for workshop listings)
- Emergent Writing for Pre-K, Pre-K Complete (Multisensory Approach to Pre-K) or PreK Readiness & Writing.
- K-5 Handwriting (this is split for the virtual workshop options Print (K-2nd) and Cursive (3rd-5th))
- Handwriting Assessment
- You will receive your application packet when you attend the Handwriting Assessment Workshop.
- Application Fee - $195*
*Additional taxes may apply depending on state/country. And price is subject to change without notice.
- Background Check
- In-service presentation
- 100 question multiple choice test
- Two sample case studies (Evaluation, Remediation and Report)
Workshop Office Hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm CST. Please call 402.492.2766 or email a Workshop Coordinator with questions.