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Should I be Concerned About My Child’s Handwriting?

 Helping Hands Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Dear Juliet, Should I be concerned about my child’s handwriting?

Handwriting remains an important lifelong skill even in this technological world and it develops in early childhood. If a teacher or you are concerned, then early intervention is the best solution. In general, poor handwriting legibility, fatiguing quickly or not keeping up with the class can indicate a problem.

Overall, the most common problems identified are poor pencil grasp, inconsistent letter formation, sizing, letter reversals, mixed capital/lower case, too light or heavy pencil pressure. Additionally, not writing in a straight line or hand pain during or after writing also indicate a problem. 

If your child consistently demonstrates any of the above problems, they may benefit from handwriting remediation. If you’re concerned, contact the Helping Hands Clinic today. 

Call the team at Helping Hands on 4755 2337

 

 

 

 

 

What Services at Helping Hands Clinic Are Covered by the NDIS?

Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist and Arm Clinic

Dear Cassandra, What services are covered by the NDIS? 

If you are experiencing pain or functional loss of your arm or hand/s then our specialised team of hand therapists can help. We work collaboratively with you or your support person. Together we identify which of your goals on your NDIS plan would benefit from our individualised upper limb assessment and treatment plans. We help NDIS participates by treating upper limb joint pain, joint contracture and spasticity management. This includes serial splinting/casting, pre/post Botulinum Toxin A (BoNT-A) treatment, strengthening grip, and improving fine motor skills. Overall we want to help work towards your goal of living a more independent life.

Contact the team at Helping Hands on 1300 612 462.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Can a Hand Therapist Offer Me or Someone I Know With a Disability?

If you are experiencing any pain or functional loss of your arm/s or hand/s then our specialised team of hand therapists are here to help! In fact, Hand therapists at Helping Hands Clinic can offer extensive support and treatment for anyone with a disability. 

What Services at Helping Hands Clinic are Covered by the NDIS?

Overall we work collaboratively with you or your support person. Together we identify which of your goals on your NDIS plan would benefit from our individualised upper limb assessment and treatment plans. After this we can help NDIS participants by treating upper limb joint pain, joint contracture and spasticity management. This treatment includes serial splinting/casting, pre/post Botulinum Toxin A (BoNT-A) treatment, strengthening grip, and improving fine motor skills. All of this is done to help you heal and work towards living a more independent life.

At Helping Hands we can provide a wide range of services including:

  • Detailed upper limb assessment including muscle tone, range of motion, strength and functional use related to your goal/s
  • Individualised quotations and treatment plans to support you to reach your identified goal/s
  • Custom or made to measure upper limb splints/orthoses or garments
  • Upper limb joint contracture and spasticity management including serial splinting/casting
  • Pre/Post Botulinum Toxin A (BoNT-A) assessment, referral and treatment planning
  • Upper limb strengthening and exercise program either clinic or home based
  • Goal setting for functional use of the upper limb e.g. dressing, meal preparation, handwriting and much more!

If you or anyone you know would benefit from the specialised NDIS services we offer, get in contact with us today. We would love to give you a Helping Hand to reach your potential!

You can find out more information about the services on the Helping Hands Clinic’s website

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My Son Plays a Lot of Video Games. How Could This Affect His Hands?

Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Dear Cassandra, My son plays a lot of video games. How could this affect his hands?

The repetitive nature of finger and thumb movements on keyboards, joysticks and hand held controllers can lead to fatigue, pain and even inflammation of tissues. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and cumulative trauma can be the end result if not picked up early. Unfortunately this means the pain continues after the consoles have been put away. In turn this can impact other activities and disrupt sleep. But, on a positive note, it is rare for children to present with RSI. In general, good habits and moderation will certainly ensure your son doesn’t have more serious problems once he hits his teens.

Call Helping Hands on 4755 2337

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