Hand class is a repetitive session that keeps the same format but changes what resources a used on a termly basis so that they match up to the topic. Below is a brief description of what hand class looks like for the children when they access it and how an adult can help them to do this.
For the child:
Hand class sessions can help children to maintain movements they already have in their hands and encourage new skills such as holding and letting go. Hand class also gives opportunities for children to anticipate what is coming next through repetitive activities such as ‘hold my hand, let it go’.
For the adult:
Allow children lots of time to anticipate parts of hand class as it may take some time for them to process the information before making the movement. Keep the structure of the session the same every time it is accessed so children can begin to recognise what is coming next.