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Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting (Activities Included)

Fine motor skills are involved in smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, feet and toes. They participate in smaller actions such as picking up objects between the thumb and finger, writing carefully, and even blinking...

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Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting (Activities Included)

Many parents think that having good gross motor skills can enable a child to excel at sports. This is only part of the benefit! Developing your child's gross motor skills can do so much more than that – they can influence a child’s ability to write well and even to concentrate in the classroom.

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Overcoming Handwriting Problems

As with all learning problems, a writing disability can be devastating to a child’s education and self-esteem and can cause major limitations to that child’s career path. A child who struggles with a writing disability will find it increasingly difficult to express their knowledge on many subjects and thus the writing process itself stands in the way of being able to learn.

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Is Handwriting an Outdated Skill?

As laptops and tablets become more commonly used as writing tools, many are ready to leave the skill of handwriting behind. A growing body of research, however, is leading psychologists and neuroscientists to emphasize the importance of teaching handwriting.

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TV Documentary, Rivoningo, SABC 2: Dysgraphia

The term dysgraphia was coined from the Greek words "dys" meaning ill or difficult and "graphein" meaning to write, and is used to describe a severe problem with handwriting. Dysgraphia is characterized by the following symptoms: generally illegible writing; letter inconsistencies; mixture of upper/lower case letters...

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Better Learning through Handwriting

The process of reading and writing involves a number of senses. When writing by hand, our brain receives feedback from our motor actions, together with the sensation of touching a pencil and paper. These kinds of feedback is significantly different from those we receive when touching and typing on a keyboard.

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