Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR – Clinical Director

Jan graduated in 1983 from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She received her Master’s degree in Administration in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1988. Her career has always been in pediatric occupational therapy, working in state schools, school districts, early childhood programs and rehab.  After 19 years working in public schools as an occupational therapist, she founded The Handwriting Clinic in 2002.  The Handwriting Clinic served approximately 300 students per summer for summer camps and private therapy as well as after school programs during the school year. Jan created the First Strokes Handwriting Programs and is has extensively presented workshops on fine motor skills, dysgraphia, and multi-sensory handwriting for over 20 years. She was adjunct faculty at Texas Woman’s University School of Occupational Therapy, teaching the pediatric course for four years and has been a clinical fieldwork supervisor for 20 years. In 2020, she created the current online teletherapy program at The Handwriting Clinic. She continues to present workshops to occupational therapists, dyslexia therapists and teachers.

Jan enjoys spending time with her husband Paul, family and grandsons. She competes on weekends in agility with her labrador named Zwing, and is training her new puppy, “Trick” to become her next agility hot shot! She loves trick training. Zwing is a Grand Champion trick dog and even the puppy has a few trick titles already!

Laura Battaia, ATP – OTR Therapist

Laura’s journey in pediatric occupational therapy began in 1985 when she graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Since then, she has been unwavering in her commitment, working with children in various settings, a testament to her enduring passion for children.

With a remarkable 40 years of pediatric experience, Laura’s adaptability shines through. For 32 years, she thrived in the school setting, working with children aged three to twenty-one. Over the past 25 years, she has focused on providing assistive technology to those with handwriting difficulties, such as dysgraphia, and augmentative communication to children with complex needs. Her versatility is further underscored by her 2011 certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) from The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Laura has been employed with The Handwriting Clinic since 2012. Laura’s expertise extends beyond traditional occupational therapy. Her in-depth knowledge of assistive technology, demonstrated by her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification, equips her with the skills to provide innovative solutions for children with diverse needs. Her proficiency in various handwriting programs, First Stroke, Handwriting Without Tears, Size Matters, and Zaner-Bloser, and her background in assistive technology enable her to effectively address the unique handwriting challenges faced by her clients.

Laura enjoys walking, yoga, Tai Chi, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Karen Haddox – Business Manager

Karen Haddox has been the business manager at The Handwriting Clinic since 2006. She works with school districts for purchasing products, maintains our online calendar and does clinic billing. She answers the business phone to do initial clinic intakes.

When she is not helping us out at the clinic, she spends time with her family and volunteers at her church. She enjoys traveling and is particularly fond of beaches!