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Programs assist children's handwriting skills and improve social skills for children with autism
Posted 12/13/2017 11:44AM

The Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy is offering two separate programs beginning in January to help school-aged children improve handwriting skills and to improve the social skills of children with autism through the use of Lego building blocks.

Dr. Orley Templeton

During weekly group handwriting sessions, Orley Templeton, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy, and four master's degree-level students from the entry-level master's degree program in occupational therapy, will engage children in carefully designed play-based activities to improve their fine motor and handwriting skills. The occupational therapy program helps preschool- and school aged children, 4-8 years of age, improve their handwriting for school. The handwriting program is available every Thursday from Jan. 25 through April 26 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 50 Lake St., Dallas. There is a $30 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies.

The Lego-based Occupational Therapy Program to improve social skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is for children with ASD between the ages of 6 and 12. The social skills group operates every Wednesday from Jan. 31 through April 25 from 3:45-4:45 also at 50 Lake Street. There is a $50 registration fee to cover the supplies for the group.

For more information or to register for either program, please contact Dr. Templeton at (570) 674-8154 or

For more information about the five-year, master's degree program in occupational therapy at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to
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