Many children struggle with handwriting for reasons which are not always obvious. Sometime dyspraxia can cause difficulties, poor posture, lack of sensory integration or low tone can all impact on handwriting.
Handwriting is a complex fine motor skill that requires considerable motor planning, and good fine and gross motor skills.
Does your child
- Receive specific attention regarding their handwriting?
- What is the policy for handwriting in the school?
- Are the concerns about the handwriting shared by the teacher, the parents and the child?
- Are there concerns around
- Legibility? (All or most of the words written can’t be read out of context.)
- Neatness? (The handwriting is messy or poorly controlled.)
- Comfort? (The child is experiencing pain, strain or discomfort when writing.)
- Pressure? (S/he is pressing too hard or not hard enough, or pressure within one piece of writing is variable.)
- Speed? (S/he writes very slowly, producing too little writing, or too fast, becoming inaccurate.)
- Motivation/enjoyment? (S/he is reluctant to write or gives up too easily.)
Cocoon Solutions can complete a full assessment of handwriting for a child identify causes of difficulty and prescribe a specific treatment plan to improve handwriting for a child. Difficulty with handwriting can result in low self esteem, low mood and lack of motivation to attend school for many children. Many issues can be resolved through specific work around handwriting.