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6 for 6

How to improve your handwriting without writing!

As all good physiotherapists and occupational therapists will agree, practicing and securing gross motor skills (the big movements of the body) is vital before fine motor skills (small movements of the hands and fingers) are at their most efficient and can be transferrable to other skills for function and learning.


Working hard on big body movements, makes refining and improving small movements much easier to achieve. When less physical effort for handwriting is required, the body fatigues less and muscles don’t ache as much. Therefore, it is possible to improve the skills needed for handwriting without practising handwriting.

6 for 6 is a ready made resource available to purchase

Who is 6 for 6 designed for?

Year 6 aged students, right through to young adults at university!

6 for 6 is designed for young people who present with any or all of the following:


  • Those who have messy/illegible writing.

  • Those who have disorganised work on a page.

  • Those that complain of muscle fatigue/aching in their hands.

  • Those who are always slower than their peers to finish written work.

  • Those who present with joints that are a little more bendy or flexible than their peers.

  • Those who struggle to sit still and have a tendency to fidget.

  • Those who will often sit at a desk propping on their elbows/slumping on the table/hooking their feet around the chair legs, to help with stability whilst writing.


How does it work? 

Being able to write easily and clearly is a bit like making a cake, if you have all the right things in place like good quality ingredients, the right equipment and a good technique then the ‘end product’ will be good. As movement specialists, we as therapists look at the ‘ingredients and technique’ as a set of physical abilities. If they are all of good quality and in place, they can improve the ‘end product’ in this case, handwriting.

6 for 6 works by:

  • A quick and easy task at the beginning of the programme that can repeated at the end for comparison.

  • The programme can then be started.

  • The young person will be asked to follow the programme for 6 days out of 7, for 6 weeks (6 for 6).

  • Each day they will do the 6 specific tasks on the programme.

  • Each week has a new programme.

  • At the end week 6 having completed the whole programme, the initial task from the beginning are repeated.

  • You can then compare the results.

  • The programme can be repeated for further improvement -taking 2 weeks off before starting again is advised.


Other positive effects that may be seen once the programme has been completed, are improvements in general fitness, increased strength, better stamina, less fatigue, hand aching and improved co-ordination.

A brochure outlining full details, plus the authors' training and expertise, is available to download below. (Please choose between a version for parents and one for schools.

How to buy 6 for 6

To order copies of 6 for 6 please contact TCT using the online enquiry form here

Alternatively, email or call the TCT Office on 01202 743674.

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