Handwriting Helpers: When Your Child Struggles with Penmanship (page 2)

Handwriting Helpers: When Your Child Struggles with Penmanship

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Updated on Dec 22, 2010

How can the parent help the child at home?

Children love to explore with their hands, so young children should be given adequate opportunity to do this. The following activities are fun to do and will help your child develop fine motor skills:

  • Squeezing playdoh or silly putty and rolling it between the fingers.
  • Using a key to open a padlock
  • Folding and tearing paper
  • Picking up small objects with thongs or tweezers
  • Drawing in shaving cream or finger paint
  • Pinching and sealing Ziplock bags
  • Completing dot-to-dot pictures and mazes

Be sure to provide a quiet and comfortable atmosphere. Do not be concerned if your pre-school child does not seem to have a dominant hand. This will come later. In the early stages, some children may switch from one hand to another during writing tasks.

In a small number of cases, a child may never be able to master the fundamentals of good handwriting. If this happens, your child’s teacher may recommend assistive technology to make written communication easier for your child, or occupational therapy. However, in the majority of cases, your child can receive the handwriting help she needs to assist her in his educational performance.  

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