Handwriting Skills

Handwriting is an Essential Skill to the Development of a Child

Critical Skills for Handwriting

Critical skills for handwriting begin to develop before a child knows how to use a crayon!  

Body Awareness: 

  • Knowing right and left 
  • Directions such as up and down


  • Memory of letters, words, and sentences

Crossing midline:

  • Developing hand dominance
  • Visual scanning when reading
  • Coordinating both sides of the body for 2 handed tasks

Gross Motor skills: 

  • Posture
  • Fluid movements

Fine Motor skills:

  • Grasp
  • Pencil control

Motor Planning:

  • Coordinating movements of the shoulder, arm, and hand
  • Creating letters 
  • Eye-hand coordination

Visual skills: 

  • Discrimination - discriminating between likenesses and differences
  • Spatial understanding
  • Copying from the board
  • Visual memory

Our handwriting specialists are certified to administer the Print Tool Assessment from Handwriting without Tears.

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