Handwriting depends on the development of strength and control

By January 20, 2020 February 7th, 2020 Occupational Therapy

Handwriting develops when children play

Strength and control activities give their little hands the ability to wrote when they get to school. Children should have lots of fun doing interesting activities using their hands. Developing the strength and control for writing starts before they ever pick up a pencil. When children have fun, they develop the skills needed for precision tasks such as writing. We see many children wth handwriting issues in our Bondi Junction clinic and we know that things can improve.

Some children get to school and handwriting is hard

They don’t have the strength and control that is required. They may be fine when they are in Kindergarten. Perhaps they can manage when they are in Year 1. However, the handwriting demands quickly increase when children are in Year 2 and 3. They are expected to write whole pages of words. Without the finger strength and control, children can’t complete the work. They can’t do what their friends are doing.

The important thing to know is that there are so many amazing activities that children can do when they are younger that develops they hands. Older kids can do these to.

This post from Imagination tree has some great activities for little hands and little brains https://theimaginationtree.com/40-fine-motor-skills-activities-for-kids/. Our Occupational Therapists always say to make sure your child uses their thumb and pointer finger (pincer grasp) when completing these activities. This will ensure they develop the strength and control for handwriting.

Are you concerned about your child’s finger strength and control?

Do they find handwriting hard? Speak to our Occupational Therapists on (02) 80657837 or email us. Our clinic is in Bondi Junction and we are very happy to talk to you.