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Remember how, before going to primary school, you gradually mastered things like holding a pencil or pen? Kids these days don’t bother with such things. Growing up in the digital era has given them the luxury of using a touchscreen. But is it a luxury, really?
The UK pediatricians are warning parents of the negative effects an excessive use of technology can have on pre-school children. It got to the point when the children entering primary school were unable to hold pens and pencils. The National Handwriting Association (NHA) stepped in with a brochure for parents called “Handwriting - Are You Concerned?” stressing the importance of developing “hand strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils.”
Is It Possible to Learn Writing Later In Life?
Learning to write later in life isn’t much of a problem, is it? The experts say there is a reason why we learn fine motor skills early in life. A child’s brain is more flexible and capable of absorbing any information perfectly well. The chair of the NHA, Angela Webb, says “After age 11, you can learn things – but [...] you have to be motivated, you have to practise.” This is why you have to learn in early childhood to have a skill for life.
One more reason to acquire and refine the handwriting skill is the link between the action of writing and the content. The better handwriting skill you have the more fluent your written speech is going to be. Webb says that visual memory is connected with reading skills. Namely, writing the letter forms by hand, the part of the brain involved in reading gets activated. A child having insufficient handwriting skills might find it difficult to learn.
Why Learning to Write After 80?
The handwriting teacher, Cherrell Avery, says that failure to establish confident handwriting skills as a child will negatively impact “the pen control, fluency and handwriting style of an adult.” Also, having poor muscle memory or none at all might “reduce the likelihood of using handwriting as a tool to aid creative thinking and retain facts.”
However, not all hope is lost! Ms. Avery’s oldest student is over 80, but he keeps improving his handwriting skills and has made significant progress.
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