How are our programs different?
Co-created by an occupational therapist, The TV Teacher handwriting program uses a multi-sensory approach of visual demonstrations and rhythmic chants. It is designed to engage and direct the child’s attention on a single chapter for approximately 5 minutes while exposing them to its rhythmic chant or song. Children are excited to watch and write because the visual instruction is fun and engaging. Many occupational therapists have difficulty motivating their patients to attempt writing, and that’s where we can help! Our engaging visuals paired with the memorable chants will motivate children, and the repetition we offer will help assist the child to carryover his or her new writing skill.
Most occupational therapists agree that if a child has been referred for therapy, there may be fundamental deficits to address besides handwriting skill–especially for those with special needs like Autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, etc. Because there is no formal training required to use our online writing program, parents can easily administer this at home to assist with pre-writing and letter formation. This allows the occupational therapist to spend more time in treatment addressing fundamental issues such as trunk strength, scapular strength, fine motor coordination, and body awareness.
What makes The TV Teacher curriculum so different is that we’re FUN! So many therapists are shocked because they actually use our program as a motivator to get kids working on other skills first, and writing with Miss Marnie, The TV Teacher, becomes the reward! What a concept!
“I have been an OT for 14 years and this produces results I have never witnessed before! To think that Miss Marnie is a household name - what more proof do you need that this is impacting children! The BEST part is that this is SO easy to implement in the classroom.... Every teacher should be using this in their classrooms- IT REALLY WORKS!!!!!”
Ann-Marie Guerra Capozucca, Occupational Therapist
New York City Department of Education, NY
How is our curriculum designed?
One of the best features of The TV Teacher video modeling based handwriting programs are the menu designs where you can easily navigate to any pre-writing or handwriting formation chapter your student needs to work on. These chapters are about 5 minutes each, and after a chapter ends, it will return to the main menu. It will not play until another chapter is selected. This is an excellent feature for children who perseverate. It also may be seen as an opportunity to encourage vocalization (to request a specific chapter).
How best to use this writing curriculum in face to face treatment?
Therapists can use our online handwriting curriculum in one-on-one sessions, a small group, or with an entire class! Our video instructions are segmented by formation chapters which are about 5 minutes each. We include not only demonstrating writing the formation several times per chapter, but in our Alphabet Beats curriculum, for example, we also include 8-10 vocabulary words and concepts. These are both educational and therapeutically based, and we incorporate many important skills:
Body awareness – we visually label most body parts and encourage imitation
Fine motor skills – we address cutting, tracing, tying shoes, lacing, painting, and many others
Spatial concepts – heavy vs. light, thick vs. thin, tall vs. short, etc.
Social skills – talking loud vs. talking quietly, being alone vs. being with friends, going to the dentist, visiting the doctor, obeying class rules, adjusting to “change”
Activities of daily living – brushing teeth, brushing hair, dressing, washing hands
Sensory Integration Dysfunction – touching play dough, finger painting, etc.
Strategically placing these concepts within the Alphabet Beats program offers therapists a chance to discuss and use them in treatment or in a group setting. We encourage you to expand on these concepts and ideas. We have also made available the exact activities demonstrated within the videos so those children that are motivated to “cut the star” or “lace the lemon” can work on these skills during your therapy session. Visit our free downloadable page to print off these activities and have fun along with Miss Marnie.
Can I use The TV Teacher writing curriculum in teletherapy?
The TV Teacher online handwriting curriculum is hosted on our own site streaming.thetvteacher.com and can therefore be accessed by any devise you choose: laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You log into our site using your email address and password so you can switch between devices as often as you like; however there is only one person to log in under the same email address at the same time. This is designed to prevent fraud as well as allow you flexibility that if you move between classrooms, and forget to log off the site, it will follow the latest log on and kick the previous one off the site.
Why are we the best writing program for teletherapy? We’re visual! The TV Teacher online writing program has been used very successfully in Zoom, Google meets, and other similar teleteaching platforms by logging into our site and sharing the screen with your students. After the video is complete, practice sky writing the formation while saying the chant together. Practice the formation for a few minutes using various textures such tracing bumpy letters, shaving cream, rice bins, etc; or go straight to paper. On our streaming site, download the pdf of our chants/songs and share it with their caregivers so that there is communication and consistency in the language your student is using to make their formations. This can be critical for kids with special needs who may have language delays.
"[We] see this as a fit for both general ed and special ed. [We] have been going into all of our kindergarten classrooms, our general ed, our ICT co-teaching classrooms, and our 12:1 K-1 classrooms; and every child has been able to benefit from this program. And what's great about this program is you can go as quickly or a slowly as you need to...and we see the kids really, really wanting to use it. It's been great for our school."
Susan Campbell and Laurie Goeringer
PS 295, Brooklyn, NY
"What a blessing to have TV Teacher with my students! Just this weekend, I ran into a parent who has a child with Down Syndrome. She told me that her son finally learned to write because of TV Teacher. I have been working in the school system for many years. The students and teachers love TV Teacher! Ms. Marnie always catches my students' attention through her fun and creative ways of learning the alphabet and numbers. Repetition and writing practice with Ms. Marnie reinforces learning and helps students achieve their goals!
Courtney Ormond, OTR
Fredericksburg ISD, TX
Martha Gibson, OTR/L
Los Angeles Unified School District, CA