Melbourne Hand Rehab - Hand Therapy Newsletter
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MAY 2020


Hello everyone,

We hope that you and your family are all keeping well.

A special shout out this month to all the mums and dads home schooling their kids. Well done!!

Our newsletter this month has a focus on handwriting. Not many people know that as hand therapists, we treat kids with handwriting difficulties. Broadly speaking, we see kids in the early primary years when a problem is first noticed and then again at the year 11/12 mark for exam special consideration and help with the extended periods of writing required for examinations. It is quite difficult to change a pen grip at the later stages of schooling, and early intervention in this situation is strongly recommended.

We have also listed the hierarchy of protections we continue to implement here at MHR.

Best wishes everyone

Karen and the team at Melbourne Hand Rehab
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Handwriting difficulty is fast becoming a problem among children and teenagers, especially in this digital age where they are spending less time on writing and more time on the screen. In schools, there is also a shifting trend towards online learning, further encouraging time away from writing. As a result, more children are presenting with issues with their handwriting legibility and pain with prolonged writing, such as during an examination.

Males tend to have more difficulty with handwriting legibility, possibly because their fine motor skills mature later than their female counterparts. On the other hand (excuse the pun), more females report pain with extended writing, possibly due to weaker strength.

Handwriting can be affected by many factors such as posture, pencil/pen grip, and visual-motor skills. Generally speaking, there is no ideal pencil/pen grip as long as it is functional and efficient. If your child has difficulty with their handwriting, their pencil/pen grip may potentially need change as it is not functional and efficient. It is easier to a change a child’s grip before they are 8 years old. The earlier your child receives intervention, the better the likelihood of effecting change.

Here at Melbourne Hand Rehab, we have a small number of therapists trained in the area of handwriting difficulties and they are able to provide a comprehensive assessment of your child. We see a range of students from age 5 through to young adults. Consultations can be conveniently done from your home through Telehealth, a bonus at the moment. We also provide assessments and support for special considerations for VCE if your child is eligible.

Please call or email an enquiry to arrange a handwriting assessment on 03 9458 5166.

Written by Angela Cheng

Level three restrictions may be lifted shortly, which doesn't affect us as an essential service as we have remained open throughout. Here are Melbourne Hand Rehab, we are continuing with our multi level hierarchy of protections against COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. In fact, we have added a temperature check for all team members and patients on arrival to lift us to 14 levels.

MHR Hierarchy of protections:
1. COVID-19 Infection Control Training: admin & therapy team completed training
2. Screening questions at the time of making your initial appointment
3. Low volume clinic
4. Spacious welcome areas at all clinics
5. Temperature check on arrival
6. Hand washing/sanitiser on arrival
7. Sneeze screens
8. No reading material in waiting room
9. Increased cleaning protocols
10. In clinic appointments where necessary
11. Telehealth for follow-ups where suitable
12. Home visits for elderly or unable to attend in person
13. Touch free payment
14. Masks are available at all clinics
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