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Books & Resources

Suggested books and resources suitable for helping children who have handwriting difficulties.


Handwriting exercises set to music. The program is designed for three different age levels: 4-7, 7-14, or adult.

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Hands up for Handwriting

Lively, fun and useful warm-up exercises to prepare the hands and arms for handwriting. Devised by Ann Markee. Primarily for primary age group but could be used with older students.

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Handwriting … Are you Concerned?

A booklet for parents wanting information on supporting their children’ writing.

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Handwriting Pocketbook

A pocketful of tips, tools and techniques for teaching, improving and troubleshooting handwriting.

Author: Julie Bennett,
Publisher: Teachers' Pocketbooks, Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford, Hants S024 9JH
Freephone (UK only): 0800 028 6217 Tel: +44 (0)1962 735573 Fax: +44 (0)1962 733637
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Handwriting in the Secondary School

A publication to help teachers identify and assist secondary school pupils with handwriting difficulties.

Publisher: National Handwriting Association

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The Handwriting File

The series of exercises in this publication could provide a remedial course. There is provision for different styles of writing, which may make it easy to fit in with the style used at your child's school. The CD provides a wide variety of handwriting styles, which can be used to create worksheets for practice and could provide additional practice if required.

Author: Kath Balcombe,
Publisher: KBER Kath Balcombe (Educational Resources) 10, Hawthorn Rd, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, SY3 7LZ
Tel: 01743 356764 Fax is 01743 340062 Email: Website:

Handwriting : The Way To Teach Separate And Joined Letters

Exercises and advice for supporting a child with his/her handwriting for parents and teachers. KS1 & 2

Author: Rosemary Sassoon,
Publisher: TTS Group Ltd, Unit 1 Park Lane Business Park, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. NG17 9GU

Improve Your Handwriting: Teach Yourself

A book designed for adults who have problems with their handwriting: information and practice to help in correcting problems and developing a mature and individual style.

Authors: Rosemary Sassoon, Gunnlaugur SE. Briem,

Joint Exercises for Successful Handwriting - 10 minutes a day practice

This provides worksheets to practise the basic letters, shapes and letter strings of joined letters on a daily basis. The style is cursive (with looped 'tails') and the letters begin on the base line. KS2 and above.

Publisher: AMS Educational Limited, 38 Parkside Road, Leeds, LS6 4NB
Tel: 01132 759900 Fax: 01132 757799
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The MSL Handwriting Kit

The Rescue Kit contains a pad, pen and workbook giving a detailed set of graded exercises teaching a fully joined style with looped descenders (tails to f,g,j,y). KS2 and above.

Author: Pippa Chudley,
Publisher: Multi-Sensory Learning Ltd. Highgate House, Creaton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8NN
Tel: 01604 505000 Fax: 01604 505001
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The Old Fashioned Handwriting Book

A copy book giving progressive practice from individual letters to the process of joining to writing words. The style is a fluent hand based on italic. KS2 and above.

Author: Thomas Barnard,
Publisher: Ward Lock Educational, BIC Ling Kee House,1 Christopher Road, East Grinstead, Sussex RH19 3BT
Tel: 01342 318980 Fax: 01342410980

Oxford Handwriting Practice

A set of 14 small books including one for parent/teacher explaining the scheme that teaches letter recognition, patterns and joining letters. Lively illustrations and great appeal for small children.

Author: Lida Kindersley,
Publisher: Cardoza Kindersley Designs Ltd. 152 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ (order by phone).
Tel: 01223 362170

Pegs to Paper

Using brightly coloured pegs and a pegboard to teach basic handwriting skills. Booklet, pegs and board supplied. Ages 4-8

Author: Angela Webb

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Speed Up! A kinaesthetic programme to develop fluent handwriting

A programme of 8 enjoyable weekly sessions to assist children who are having difficulty writing fluently. Speed Up! aims to develop kinaesthetic awareness through multi-sensory activity and exercise. Recommended age: 8-13.

Author: Lois Addy,
Publisher: LDA,2 Gregory Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Tel: 0845 120 4776 Fax: 0800 783 8648
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Start Write, Stay Right

Useful practical information on teaching handwriting and correcting writing difficulties.

Authors: Alison Harris and Janet Taylor,
Publishers: TTS Group Ltd Unit 1, Park Lane Business Park, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 9LE Website:

Write Dance

A progressive music and movement programme for the development of pre-writing and writing skills in children. (books and CD) 3 levels for ages 3 to 8.

Author: Ragnhild Oussoren,
Publishers: TTS Sage Publications (Lucky Duck Books)

Write From The Start

Two workbooks of pencil and paper exercises that develop the appropriate muscles of the hand alongside necessary perceptual skills, laying the foundations for fluent, accurate handwriting. KS 1

Author: Teodorescu and Addy,
Publisher: LDA, Abbeygate House, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1DB
Tel: 01223 357744 Fax: 01223 460557

Writing left-handed...write in, not left out

A booklet to asset anyone who is helping a left-hander with his or her writing. It give an understanding of the process of writing left-handed and suggest tips and strategies that can help a left-hander to write comfortably and confidently.

Publisher: National Handwriting Association

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