Handwriting challenges? How do we spot these?
There are many underlying components that affect handwriting. Some include:
- Having the core strength to sit upright at a desk
·Visual – motor skills:
- transferring ideas from your head onto paper
- copying from the board
·Fine motor skills
- Hand (fingers and wrist) and arm strength
- Dexterity (in-hand manipulation)
- Being able to grasp and move the pencil efficiently
- Touch and proprioception feedback (are they holding the pencil too tightly? Are they pressing down too hard/too lightly on the page?)
·Hand - eye coordination
- Line awareness (are they writing on the line?)
- Do they have appropriate spacing between words and letters?
- Sizing (how big/small their letters are and does it remain even throughout?)
·Direction and reversals
- Letter formation (q/p, b/d)
- Are they writing left to right?
To improve handwriting, we have to first establish what underlying skills need improvement through assessment and then work on them in a variety of fun ways.
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