Here are 6 ways writing by hand can help your child’s brain:
- It has an organizing effect
- It coordinates the left & right brain
- It boosts cognitive skills
- It inspires creativity
- It sharpens maturing minds
- It improves visual memory
Does your child have messy handwriting, gets tired quickly when using a pencil, forms letters incorrectly, holds pencil with a whole hand or immature grasp, colors or writes letters outside of the lines and fights parents when written homework is assigned?
Our goal at UCP is to help children reach their full potential with handwriting. The practice of writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression. Many underlying components go into handwriting including visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, fine motor skills and attention to task to name a few. These components will be assessed along with your child’s handwriting by an occupational therapist to determine your child’s need.
Did You Know these Facts About Handwriting?
Current research validates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. For children who learn to handwrite, there was stronger and longer-lasting recognition of the letters proper orientation, suggesting that the specific movements memorized when learning how to write aided the visual identification of graphic shapes.
Research shows the hand’s unique relationship with the brain when it comes to composing thoughts and ideas. Handwriting differs from typing because it requires executing sequential strokes to form a letter, whereas keyboarding involves selecting a whole letter by touching a key.
A research study at Indiana University, using specialized MRI scans that spot neurological activity, showed heightened brain activity in key areas in the children who had practiced writing by hand, indicating learning took place.