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Finding the Right Paper

How many different types of paper are our students asked to write on in school? The worksheets look different, the lines look different, the pages are cluttered, and our students are trying their best but many times struggle to keep their writing within whatever boundaries they are given on a…

Student wrtiing on an adapted handwriting paper with four lines and highlighted

How many different types of paper are our students asked to write on in school?

The worksheets look different, the lines look different, the pages are cluttered, and our students are trying their best but many times struggle to keep their writing within whatever boundaries they are given on a page.

For students with CVI (Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment), consistency is so important. Some of our students may need bold lines, some may benefit from highlighting, many need more spacing between lines and a reduced number of lines on the page to reduce visual complexity.

I have experimented with many different types of paper to find the type of paper that works best for my student who is currently in third grade.

As we know, what works best for one student, may not work for another. Finding the right sized lines and just the right paper for your student may require many attempts and a lot of patience. I have provided writing samples to show the progression of my student’s writing as we adjusted the paper.

I have worked closely with the occupational therapist, the parent, and of course, the student to get the right fit for her. Her writing has improved and she is now more confident and able to read her own writing! I am sharing with you my sample pages in hopes that they may help your students or give you some ideas. My student now uses this paper for all of her writing assignments. I bind 25 pages together to make small notebooks for each class.

Handwriting paper sample 1 with highlighted lines and many lines on the paperTrial 1: A classroom paper highlighted                     Writing page number 2 with a bumpy dot at the beginning and a bold black line on bottom and highlighted line for the top of each lineTrial 2: A black line on bottom, highlighted line on top, and a bumpy dot at the beginning of each line   

      Purchased paper by Abilitations Hi-write that have a bold highlighted line on each line to writeTrial 3: Paper by Abilitations Hi-write that have a bold highlighted line on each line to write

We then moved to reducing the amount of lines on each paper:

Two handwriting papers that have reduced lines, bold base lines, and highlights Two handwriting papers that have reduced lines, bold base lines, and highlights

Student writing on a four lined, highlighted piece of paperStudent writing on a four lined, highlighted piece of paper

I made these pages using Google Slides. If you have a student that is having difficulty with handwriting, it may be helpful to try different types of paper until you find the right one for that student.

The handwriting lined paper created for my student with 8 lines

Link to created 8 lined paper

Four lined paper created with bold, highlighted lines

Link to created 4 lined paper

Finding the Right Paper title with a picture of a student writing on an adapted handwriting paper with four lines and highlighted.

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