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Handwriting tips for tots

DSC_0708In France they are extremely strict about handwriting. Children begin learning cursive in kindergarten and are expected to write beautifully. My daughter had some dexterity issues and still struggles to meet the high handwriting standards required by her teachers.

Below is a story I found on Specialism, a website dedicated to parents of special needs children. I wish I had read this when my daughter was first learning how to write in cursive.

Handwriting is such a complex task and our students are asked to write frequently throughout their school days. Poor handwriting is one of the leading Occupational Therapy referrals in school systems. When assessing handwriting, there are many components that come into play. It is important to realize that skills build upon each other. Each skill is then used to help the next skill. For example, if a child has a poor grip we automatically want to fix the grip. However, sometimes we need to take a step back and look at what is causing the poor grip. There are four very important components of handwriting development that could be the culprit of many sloppy handwriting issues.

1. Posture Police! First take a look at the student’s posture. It’s really important to make sure that your children are seated at the table with their feet touching the floor. Poor posture can affect your student’s attention span because it often leads to fatigue and discomfort. It can also lead to poor grip and handwriting illegibility.

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