This is from a project that we did at Walter Reed to provide the injured service members with a “survival kit” of one-handed gadgets and helpful materials (books and inspirational calendar). You may want to use this list or adapt it for your own unique client populations.
You are invited to a special presentation!
Injury-induced Hand Dominance Transfer, One- Handed ADLs, and Fine Motor Control in Functional Tasks
When: May 28th, 2009
Time: 4:30 – 5:30
Where: Hardin Memorial Hospital Conference Room
913 North Dixie Avenue
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Presented by: Katie Yancosek, co-author of Handwriting for Heroes
Hosted by: Hardin Memorial Hospital and Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY
For questions, please contact Lauri Duesler or Tiffany McIntyre at (502) 624-9905
Its always interesting to hear what people outside the OT community think about the H4H method:
The authors have written a very exceptional workbook to help those individuals with dominant-hand problems regain their writing skills. Both authors state that this gives adults the opportunity to make positive changes in their life by utilizing well-designed, adult material and not children’s coloring books.
Each chapter is filled with repetitive exercises that will increase one’s fine-motor control and wrist stabilization. There are six chapters as well as a Certificate of Completion. In each chapter there are therapist tips, which include exercises, information about posture, utilizing scissors and the necessity of having good lighting. The authors have provided homework assignments that are easily done in the convenience of one’s home while watching TV, reading or visiting.
I believe as the authors do, it is important that individuals utilizing this workbook experience positive outcomes. Each chapter is built off the previous one. If a person doesn’t understand something, or needs additional help, it is suggested that they go to the website and speak to a therapist. I found the exercises and lessons interesting, easy to understand and use. There are many people who cannot afford therapy for extended periods of time or are embarrassed about the limited use of their dominant hand. This excellent workbook, “Handwriting for Heroes, by Yancosek and Gulick, is for them.
If you operate a nonprofit clinic/agency for occupational therapy please contact us by email to receive a complimentary evaluation copy of Handwriting For Heroes to see if this method is appropriate for your population of patients.