Therapist Thursday….The 3 Biggest Myths About Handwriting

By: Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Myth 1:  It will come naturally. 

Fact:  Literature shows that most children must be taught how to form letters and write. That’s why we created Fundanoodle’s I Can Write workbooks for educators and parents to teach students with ease and accuracy how to write.

Myth 2: I don’t have to think about writing until my child is 4 or 5 years old.

Fact:  We have to prepare the hand, specifically the thumb, index and long fingers, before introducing a writing tool.  Developmentally, we should start working on this around the age of 3.  Fundanoodle’s I Can Bead, Rip, Lace, Trace provides plenty of opportunity for strengthening and improving coordination of those first three fingers that are so important in holding and controlling the pencil.  As well, wind up toys and tops are fun toys that promote the use of the first three fingers, too!

 Myth 3:  We do not need to worry about our children becoming skilled in handwriting because we have technology everywhere.

Fact: Handwriting is important in our children’s overall development, especially for cognitive development.  There are studies that support that children who wrote essays, as opposed to keyboarding, wrote more words, wrote faster, and had more content as opposed to those who typed the essays. Another study, involving brain imaging showed that areas of the brain are activated when cursive writing, as opposed to typing. For instance, the same motion is needed whether you type a T or an X.  However, when you write these two letters, different actions are required.  When we write, we integrate tactile, visual motor, visual perceptual and fine motor coordination skills.  So, while technology is indeed important, our children should continue to learn both printing and cursive writing, and Fundanoodle is here to help!

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3 thoughts on “Therapist Thursday….The 3 Biggest Myths About Handwriting

  1. Betsy Flagler says:

    Hi Michelle — I am working on a newspaper parenting column on this topic. I would love to talk to you further about these tips, which match up to what other OTs have told me. Please be in touch so we can chat by phone! thanks … Betsy

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