Why Handwriting?

17 Feb Why Handwriting?

Occupational therapists are well-trained in the evaluation and treatment of underlying deficits leading to poor handwriting in school aged children.

With the popularity of computers and electronic communication, though, is a child’s handwriting really so important?

 

The short answer is yes. But, let’s explain why.

 

  • Expression of thought – writing opens up another venue for expression of thought.  Allowing a child to develop functional handwriting skills will give them this beneficial form of expression
  • Memory and brain development – the act of writing serves to assist memory and brain development … the more a child enjoys writing, the more it will help them develop good memory skills!
  • For the school-aged child, writing is simply integral to his school career. Whether we like it or not, note-taking and test-taking are largely dependent on handwriting.
  • Impacts Grades – ask any teacher and you’ll find out that a poorly written assignment will show in the grades…
  • Slows child down – when a child struggles with handwriting, he will struggle with classroom excellence too. Note-taking and test-taking will be burdensome roadblocks to his learning.
  • Attitude towards school – a child who finds the day-to-day handwriting requirements at school burdensome, will likely develop a poor attitude towards school in general

 

Looking at writing as a medium for communication of thought, many like to compare poor handwriting to a stutter.  Imagine a child being unable to communicate his thoughts via handwriting – that’s a deficit!

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