My experiences as a creative person, tutor of children, and teacher of creative writing

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Helping Your Struggling Student - Handwriting

Often the visual-spatial child’s handwriting is poor. Sometimes they “hook” their hand around when writing. This is not a matter of physical coordination
for the same child who scribbles over a page may be able to draw intricately detailed pictures.

Handwriting requires the ability to express thoughts in precise abstract symbols (letters) and place them in a particular sequenced order. The visual-spatial child must use their less dominate side of their brain (generally the left side) to do this. Consequently, the child is very awkward at this task.

Computers are a great help to the visual-spatial child. With typing they can use both hands, and consequently both sides of their brain at the same time. This is far less frustrating to the child.

Often they are amazing typists since they can see a word or think a thought and their hands will simply type it. When proficient, typing can enable the child to come closer to keeping up with the speed of their thoughts (32 images per second).