NOT YOUR REGULAR FAQs
Is my child just lazy?
No. A child that can will.
What we perceive as “lazy” is just your kid’s way of saying, “Wow, this is really hard. Can one of you awesome adults help me out?”
How can you help us?
- Find what you need HERE. I have every topic under the OT parenting space.
- Get one of my workshops or trainings to get you started or finished. Some families use them to get started, and then they work with me directly. (Makes for a very efficient, AKA cost-effective solution.) Some Families get a course or a workshop and get to work ASAP and don’t need the real me. Win-Win!
- Suppose you can’t find what you're looking for, then set up a call with me HERE. Or skip 1 and 2 and set up a call.
How are you so calm with my kid?
It’s my superpower. I am here to guide you and your child. So if I have to wait and repeat to have a child achieve and win. Then I wait and repeat. It can take up to 90 seconds to get the response we need. P.S. I am not this way with my own family- ask them if you ever meet them.
Is it too late?
Nope. My Legible Handwriting for Kids Program is for kids seven and up. (By up, I mean all the way up.) I have helped adults with dysgraphia and even high schoolers taking their AP exams.
Is handwriting even important?
School-age children spend about 60 percent of their day writing. (Even during virtual learning.) If you’re the child struggling, the tired parent, or the frustrated teacher who has no idea how to help, a handwriting issue can become excruciatingly overwhelming for everyone. I created Miami Handwriting after almost 20 years in the therapy world, seeing kids struggle with handwriting and not getting the help they needed.
What does OT have to do with executive functioning skills?
So much, my friend. OT and EF skills go together like peanut butter and jelly. So much that I clear it all up HERE
I spend a lot of time helping them after school and on weekends. So, my child does excellent in school. Do I still need to get them help?
Translation: My kid does well at school BECAUSE of all the support I give at home. If I am not there to help with ______ they can’t do it or do it well. Our goal is to have independent learners. So yes, you still need to get them help.
Shouldn’t we be doing more (practice, learning games, sticking to a schedule, writing)?
Repeat after me “Small steps = Big Changes.” Small, consistent, doable experiences make the changes our kids need, and are sustainable for us busy, exhausted, have better things to do parents. Your welcome!
Can’t they just try harder?
Sure, they can try harder than everyone else in the class. Or we can support them, meet them where they are, and build up their skills so that they can experience wins and accomplishments that create real self-esteem.
Is handwriting even important?
No, this is not a typo. Yes, it is essential so much that I have a meaty Handwriting Resources Guide all about how important handwriting is. You should really check it out,
OK, I’m in! Now what?
If you related to many of these FAQs, then it was meant to be. Let's work together!
Do you ever wonder why your bright child is struggling with handwriting?
Are you overwhelmed when you try to figure it out?
Many factors affect handwriting in children.
I Can Help
As an Occupational Therapist (OT), trainer, consultant, and Mom, not only do I understand your concern, but I can help you figure out a solution.
I’m Nicole Santamaria, I love helping families, and educators like you succeed together, both in and out of the classroom.
How I Work
After our initial phone consultation, we can schedule a session that’s right for you and your child. Don’t wait to find out if this is the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Why I Do What I Do
School-age children spend about 60 percent of their day writing. If you’re the child struggling, the tired parent, or the frustrated teacher who has no idea how to help, a handwriting issue can easily become overwhelming for everyone. I created Miami Handwriting after almost 20 years in the therapy world seeing kids struggle with handwriting and not getting the help they needed.
Miami Handwriting serves children that don’t fall into the traditional OT box, and children that fall into so many boxes that their writing has taken a back seat. Through my various techniques and programs, we can find a solution that fits your child.
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 motor skills development, executive functioning skills development, and handwriting skills. She is currently a school therapist for Miami charter schools. She also provides private occupational therapy services specializing in everything handwriting and executive skills development and coaching. She has online resources and virtual services available.
Nicole reaches out to the local and virtual community with teacher training on normal development as it relates to the classroom, embedding executive functioning skills in the classroom, sensory-motor, visual motor, and handwriting skills at a variety of schools.
She also reaches out to parents wanting to learn more about how to support their child’s development through workshops and hands on training. Training is provided virtually and at home to support the families.
Nicole firmly believes with the right information both parents and teachers can support their children to reach their maximum potential.
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Meet the Founder
Miami Handwriting was founded by Nicole Santamaria OTR/L. Nicole has been an occupational therapist for over 15 years with a vast experience in pediatrics and adults. She is NDT trained with a strong foundation in development. She is highly trained in fine motor, visual motor, and handwriting skills. In addition, Nicole reaches out to the community with teacher trainings on normal development as it relates to fine motor, visual motor, and handwriting skills at a variety of schools.