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Brain Research Shows Links Between Handwriting and Literacy

Handwriting helps develop the brain for literacy, according to critical evidence compiled in our white paper, Handwriting in Early Childhood: A Strategy for School Success.

  • Writing by hand engages the brain in learning and especially activates the reading circuits of the brain.
  • Higher handwriting quality correlates with greater density of brain cells—a signal of higher ability and skills—in the area of the brain responsible for phonological decoding.
  • Improving fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in preschool children may be a key to improving academic skills in the long term.
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Developing Effective Partnerships Between Classroom Teachers and Occupational Therapists

Students often get referred to occupational therapy because they have illegible handwriting. Read our research-based take on how teachers and therapists can work together to help each student thrive. Plus, the article includes a checklist that teachers can use to help determine when to consult an occupational therapist for handwriting-related remediation.

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