Therapist Thursday….Research on Handwriting

by: Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Holiday travel provided me with plenty of opportunity to read!  I came across an article that reinforced what we, at Fundanoodle, believe in. When children are learning to read, they need a lot of repetition and practice with handwriting!

Dr. Karen Harman James, a neuroscientist from Indiana University, proved in her research just how critical handwriting is to general learning.  Brain imaging studies showed that changes in the brain occur as children learn to print letters when compared to typing.  Her research revealed that students show improvement in letter recognition and pre-reading skills when they learn letters by printing them, as opposed to other methods of learning such as visual or auditory methods or typing.

Additionally, her research related to cursive writing showed that college students were better able to recall information one week later when they wrote a paragraph in cursive, compared to printing it or using a keyboard.  Just another reason to teach your kids cursive!

You can read the whole article here: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/email/normal/20977.html

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