KIDS & HANDWRITING
Handwriting difficulty is fast becoming a problem among children and teenagers, especially in this digital age where they are spending less time on writing and more time on the screen. In schools, there is also a shifting trend towards online learning, further encouraging time away from writing. As a result, more children are presenting with issues with their handwriting legibility and pain with prolonged writing, such as during an examination.
Males tend to have more difficulty with handwriting legibility, possibly because their fine motor skills mature later than their female counterparts. On the other hand (excuse the pun), more females report pain with extended writing, possibly due to weaker strength.
Handwriting can be affected by many factors such as posture, pencil/pen grip, and visual-motor skills. Generally speaking, there is no ideal pencil/pen grip as long as it is functional and efficient. If your child has difficulty with their handwriting, their pencil/pen grip may potentially need change as it is not functional and efficient. It is easier to a change a child’s grip before they are 8 years old. The earlier your child receives intervention, the better the likelihood of effecting change.
Here at Melbourne Hand Rehab, we have a small number of therapists trained in the area of handwriting difficulties and they are able to provide a comprehensive assessment of your child. We see a range of students from age 5 through to young adults. Consultations can be conveniently done from your home through Telehealth, a bonus at the moment. We also provide assessments and support for special considerations for VCE if your child is eligible.
Please call or email an enquiry to arrange a handwriting assessment on 03 9458 5166.
Written by Angela Cheng