Handwriting: What’s All the Fuss About?
To the ordinary person handwriting might seem like a simple form of communication, but to occupational therapists handwriting is a much bigger deal than just that. Handwriting involves complex connections between the brain and body. If a child is demonstrating difficulty with handwriting, there may be multiple culprits to blame. For example, handwriting involves a combination of many skills including visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration, postural control, muscle strength, sensory processing, fine motor coordination, and endurance…just to name a few. Poor handwriting can a warning sign or clue that there may be some developmental concerns to look out for.
Difficulty with handwriting can also be indicative that your child may not be getting the most out of his or her education. Handwriting plays a big role in a child’s education and learning curriculum. Parents and caregivers often wonder why handwriting can’t just be replaced with typing or speak-to-text software programs. Often times these adaptations can help later on, or after other avenues have been exhausted; however an occupational therapist’s goal is to work on the underlying skills that may be impeding the child’s ability to function. At Innovative Speech and Language Pathology, we will work with you and your child to determine the fundamental problem behind his or her handwriting difficulties and engage in fun and motivating occupational therapy sessions to improve your child’s handwriting abilities.