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Why is Handwriting So Hard? A Cleveland Occupational Therapist Explains.

Learning how to write is one of the most vital skills a child learns early on in their education. As a Cleveland occupational therapist can explain, the skills needed to be successful in this task actually start much sooner than kindergarten – or even pre-school.

Some of the complex skills needed for handwriting include:

  • Knowing the letters of the alphabet
  • Visual motor skills
  • Letter formation
  • Sequence following
  • Visual perception skills
  • Maintaining control of the paper (to stay in the lines)
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Recognition of left-to-right progression
  • Recognition of top-to-bottom progression
  • Movement tracking of the hand, pencil and paper
  • Crossing midline skills
  • Fine motor skills (in-hand manipulation, pencil grasp, visual hand-eye coordination)
  • Gross motor skills (muscle memory, posture, body control)

Not all teachers have formal training in how to teach handwriting skills. When a student struggles with handwriting, a Cleveland occupational therapist can help.