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June 13, 2014

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades NYT article review

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There was an interesting article by Maria Konnikova in the New York Times this month about handwriting and its significance in child development.  Here is the link:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0&referrer

It references several research studies and experts, asserting that what we write may be as important as how we write in both print and cursive.  Handwriting has an impact on cognition like development of neural pathways and activating brain networks and resources.  This translates into learning to read, having self control and reduction of symptoms of dysgraphia and dyslexia. 

Our Education and Occupational Therapy teams at Child and Family Development can assess and help children with handwriting difficulties, including specialized Handwriting Without Tears¬Æ and Educational Intensive services.  

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