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Children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other serious illnesses may have problems with handwriting. Some children do not develop the skills they need to write clearly. Other children and teens may lose the ability to write because of their disease or its treatment.
It is important for children and teens to learn to write clearly. The ability to write can affect how well a child does in school. Children who have problems writing by hand may not be able to keep up with their schoolwork. If they have to think about how to form letters, they may not focus on what is being taught.
Good handwriting will help your child learn more and be more confident.
To write well, children must move their eyes, arms, hands, and fingers at the same time. The child must have:
These skills are affected by:
The following instructions and activities can help your child’s handwriting skills improve:
When writing, your child should:
Your child can get better at grasping things by using these items:
The following activities will help your child get used to using a pencil and making shapes:
The more a child practices, the better they can write. Help make it fun for your child with the games below:
If a child does not excel in school because of poor writing skills, an occupational therapist may help.
Reviewed: February 2022