Handwriting in the News: From the WSJ – How Handwriting Trains the Brain

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Thank you to our friends at Your Therapy Source for the heads up on this article.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]


Ask preschooler Zane Pike to write his name or the alphabet, then watch this 4-year-old’s stubborn side kick in. He spurns practice at school and tosses aside workbooks at home. But Angie Pike, Zane’s mom, persists, believing that handwriting is a building block to learning.

She’s right. Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that 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, and may aid fine motor-skill development.

It’s not just children who benefit. Adults studying new symbols, such as Chinese characters, might enhance recognition by writing the characters by hand, researchers say. Some physicians say handwriting could be a good cognitive exercise for baby boomers working to keep their minds sharp as they age.

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One Response to Handwriting in the News: From the WSJ – How Handwriting Trains the Brain

  1. Darlene says:

    Darlene Dunham • I believe handwriting is extremely important. From the time we are babies to toddlers and trying to grasp the handwriting utensil and scribbling with it is just the beginning of how much we really utilize the fine motor skill of handwriting. Imitating and copying shapes prepares us for pre handwriting skills ie. triangle into the letter A and so on. As children become older they see and use these shapes again with mathematics besides the everyday handwriting cirriculum.