Ending Homework Battles: Lessons From An Occupational Therapist
In this episode of The Empathic Parent, I'm chatting with the founder of Miami Handwriting, Nicole Santamaria, OTR/L all about homework struggles!
In this episode we talk about:
How to stop being the "homework police" and enjoy your afternoons.
The role of handwriting in learning.
Removing "They should know that already" from your vocabulary.
Communicating with your child's teacher.
The importance of your child developing self-awareness vs meeting external expectations.
The importance of giving specific, concrete feedback to your child.
The 3 pillars of Nicole's Ending Homework Drama training.
And so much more!!
Miami Handwriting was founded by Nicole Santamaria OTR/L. Nicole has been an occupational therapist since 1995 with a vast experience in pediatrics and adults. She is NDT trained with a strong foundation in development. She is highly skilled in fine motor, visual motor and handwriting skills. She is currently a school therapist for Miami charter schools. She is also providing private occupational therapy services specializing in handwriting instruction, remediation, and early readiness skills to children in the Miami area. She has received the highest level of certification in this area as a Level 1 handwriting specialist by the popular Handwriting Without Tears Program. Nicole is also a NeuroNet certified OT. Allowing her to addresses automaticity, fluency, and processing speed so that children are ready to learn from their environment.
Nicole reaches out to the community with teacher training on normal development as it relates to executive skills, fine motor, sensory motor, visual motor, and handwriting skills at a variety of schools. She also spends a great deal of time with parents wanting to learn more about how to support their child’s development through workshops and hands-on training.
Nicole firmly believes with the right information, strategies, and guidance both parents and teachers can support their children to reach their maximum potential.