Handwriting Solution Center

"Handwriting isn’t simply about putting pencil to paper. It is a complex activity that requires efficient visual, fine, and gross motor skills in order to be mastered. When a child struggles with handwriting skills, and after first grade continues to find mastery to be a problem, chances are that there are skills that need to be addressed that go far beyond practicing." - Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

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Does Handwriting Get Better With Practice?

I read somewhere that all children can improve their writing skills with a lot of practice.  Unfortunately, that is not quite true.  Handwriting isn’t simply about putting pencil to paper.  It is a complex...

Helping With Handwriting

Many children struggle with handwriting and completing worksheets.  They may experience hand weakness and poor endurance.  If this sounds like your child, you may need to get creative when it comes to getting your...
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Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

Summer is a opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school term, desk work becomes...

Sloppy Handwriting – What is a Teacher To Do?

Even in the age of technology, children are still expected to complete tasks that involve handwriting.  Many of these children demonstrate sloppy handwriting and teachers are often at a loss. When you attend a conference...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 2

My last article in this 3 part series discussed 4 out of the 7 sloppy handwriting issues that many educators and parents are seeing on a daily basis. Sloppy handwriting is not something that...
Handwriting Skills

Dysgraphia: A Struggle With Handwriting Skills

In Part 1 of our series on Dysgraphia, we took some time to explore its definition, causes, and symptoms. In our second segment, we defined the three strategies most likely to help students with...
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5 Ideas to Foster Writing Readiness

Many parents and teachers are eager for young children to write, but do they have the writing readiness skills needed? Writing, which used to be introduced in first grade, and then in kindergarten, now is...
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Handwriting Challenges: What is the Root Cause?

For most of us, handwriting is second nature. Certainly we practiced it enough in school. Although our script might have “evolved” over the years (not for the better sometimes), we all remember repeatedly practicing...
Dysgraphia

Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia

Do you know a child who loves school but hates to complete written assignments? Is there a student in your class who can tell you all about the last book he read but cannot...

Handwriting and Music: The Strong Correlation

How many of us can remember the endless and tedious penmanship exercises we had to endure learning to write cursive? We sat for hours practicing our loops, swirls, circles, etc., sometimes being allowed to...