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Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Centers
in San Diego
Kara Dodds & Associates

San Diego: (619) 692-0622

Santee: (619) 749-7059

We are here to help during COVID-19


Handwriting with Our Occupational Therapists

Handwriting Without Tears

At Kara Dodds and Associates, we recognize the importance of handwriting to school success.  With the age of technology upon us, handwriting is still important to a child’s development.  Our Occupational therapists use multisensory instruction supporting different learning styles making it fun and easy to teach children by providing effective, efficient methods and activities to teach handwriting. 

 What Areas Assessed For Handwriting?

When a child is experiencing handwriting difficulties, the Occupational therapists will need to assess the level of functioning in the following areas:

  • Visual Motor Integration (e.g. neural function, transferring what is seen into motor expression)
  • Visual Perception (e.g. discrimination between letters and words, spacing between letters, placing letters on line, writing using margins appropriately, letter and number reversal
  • Cognition (e.g. memory, language, learning difficulties, spelling, reasoning)
  • Sensory Processing difficulties that may interfere with posture and attention impacting visual or proprioception and its effects on handwriting

Programs We Offer

The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum is a program providing excellent materials for children to learn to write while drawing from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies to teach writing for children. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

Why The Programs Work

At Kara Dodds and Associates, our Occupational Therapists teach effectively with ease and joy through teaching in happier ways for children to master handwriting while implementing the Handwriting Without Tears®. The result truly is with children learning to write and write without tears! 

What Is Included In The Handwriting Without Tears Program?    

Our therapists design an individual program for each child that follows the curriculum outlined by Handwriting Without Tears allowing our therapists to teach in a fun, innovating and creative manner along a proven hierarchy of improvement.  Below are examples of program designs.

Funding / Insurance Options

We accept a variety of plans to cover your child’s therapy needs. We bill and work with insurances directly taking the hassle out of it for families. We accept:

  • Tricare (Health Net Federal Services)
  • Kaiser
  • Easter Seals of Southern California
  • San Diego Regional Center (in home or center based)
  • PPO plans including: Anthem Blue Cross, UHC, Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

We will take the lead on determining coverage and finding the best options available with your plan. Call today at 619-692-0622 for more information.

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Mission Valley Center

Kara Dodds & Associates - San Diego
7840 Mission Center Court, Ste. 200
San Diego CA 92108

(619) 692-0622

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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Santee Location

Kara Dodds & Associates - Santee
8840 N. Magnolia Ave Ste 220
Santee CA 92071

(619) 749-7059

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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