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Handwriting Still an Important Tool
With tablets and computers, text messages and emails, do we really need to know how to write by hand? Of course! We need to be able to fill out forms, write down notes and sign our signature. Handwriting is still an essential part of our lives and a vital skill for children to master. Plus, handwriting is the basis of a variety of other important skills, such as hand-eye coordination, letter and number recognition, fine motor skills and reading.
Handwriting can be complicated because it integrates many different skills and physical abilities. Children need the right core, arm and hand strength and endurance to be able to write well.
If your child is having problems with handwriting, be sure your child is doing the following:
- Sitting at a table with his or her feet on the floor. Posture is important when writing. Try picking your feet up from the floor and writing a sentence. It’s difficult!
- Holding the pencil correctly. If not, give him or her a pencil grip or triangular shaped pencils and crayons.
- Identifying capital or lowercase letters. This is important because otherwise writing is just a bunch of lines and curves without meaning.
A hands-on approach to teaching handwriting may include building blocks, scribbling and teaching letters and numbers with flashcards. If your child continues to have a problem mastering handwriting, a Good Shepherd Pediatrics occupational therapist can help with posture, fine motor, visual motor and strength skills.
To learn more, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or email us today!