Your child’s handwriting skills will affect his performance in school, beginning as early as preschool. How your child holds his pencil, sits in his chair, and attends to the task of handwriting can affect your child’s ability to feel successful in completing a handwriting task.
4 ways you can promote your child’s handwriting skills before his pencil hits the paper:
- Address his posture: Your child’s posture at the table is directly associated with his fine motor control. He does not just use his hand muscles to write—his core muscles are important too. Make sure that the height of his chair allows for his feet to be placed flat on the floor. Ideally, you want your child to be sitting so that there is a 90° angle at his knees and his hips. This will put his body in a position that supports good handwriting. Sitting on a wedge cushion (move ‘n sit cushion, air-filled cushion) that provides vestibular activation can sometimes help to improve his posture.
- Address his grasp: Your child’s pencil grasp can hinder or support his ability to write neatly. Encourage your child to hold his pencil between the tips of his thumb and pointer finger. The pencil should rest on the side of the tip of his middle finger. Keeping the space between his thumb and pointer finger (the web space) open will ensure that he is utilizing his muscles in the most efficient manner and will reduce fine motor fatigue. Sometimes, utilizing an adaptive grip on his pencil can help him to maintain the grasp with decreased difficulty.
- Address his attention: Your child’s attention can support or detract from his ability to accurately complete a handwriting task. To support his attention, minimize the distractions in the room. Your Read more