Although we live in a digital age, handwriting remains important. Writing by hand engages the brain and body differently to using a keyboard or screen. It can also be a more mindful way of learning as it requires one to slow down while they write, and this can improve the ability to retain information.
The multiple skills required is surprisingly intricate, as handwriting involves more than just the ability to hold a pencil. It needs:
This is just to name a few!
For this reason, OT’s use a holistic approach to improve handwriting, as opposed to simply practicing handwriting. Activities aim to address the myriad of ‘background’ skills that a child needs to pull together to hold a pencil and form letters.
Some fun and simple activities include:
We hope that you and your child enjoy playing to help improve handwriting!
Written by: Bron Lucey. Mother to 3 children who share her love of the finer things in life like mud, the outdoors and general mess. Occupational therapist in her spare time.