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Why is my childs handwriting poor?


I’m always being asked ‘How can I improve my child’s handwriting?’

This is always a tricky one as there are lots of things you can do. The key to better handwriting often lies in two main areas though.

  1. Finger strength - If a child has poor muscle tone then fine motor movement is going to be difficult and the hand will tire easily.
  2. Writing implement/grip – it is important to find a writing implement which is comfortable and not too large and a grip which does not over stress the joints.

So what can you do?

The best thing is to use fun games to help give strength and dexterity to the fingers. Have a look at our resource downloads in the Fine Motor Skills section for lots of brilliant game ideas. If pencils always seem too long and unwieldy, sharpen them until they are shorter and easier to manage. Alternatively try out different styles of pencil/pen until you find one that’s comfortable.

NOTE: Extra ideas and activities can be found in our downloadable resources.

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