Are you looking for ways to help your child with handwriting? You’re not alone! I’ve talked to several moms recently who are looking for ways to help their child’s writing and fine motor skills.
I consulted with an Occupational Therapist to see what kinds of tips she had for elementary age kids struggling with writing.
One thing that always surprises moms is that writing starts from the larger muscle groups and the “upper trunk” or core muscles. Children today have weak core muscles due to more technology time and less outdoor time. Bottom line: improve your child’s large muscles (gross motor) skills and it will also improve their handwriting (fine motor skills).
The 5 Basics of Handwriting include:
- Visual Motor Skills
- Visual Perception
- Fine Motor Skills
- Trunk Control
- Shoulder Stability
For more information on each area click here
They need to work on:
- Letter Formation
- Letter Spacing
- Letter Alignment
- Letter Size
- Letter Slant
If you’re child needs extra help on their letter placement, make sure to check out my “house” story here. It really does work!