Why kids need to learn handwriting

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Many people feel that handwriting may not be that important anymore. However, what we forget is that the skills the child needs in order to write is coordination in their small motor systems, to hold a pencil and to control the pencil which are the same skills that the child is using to learn to type. If they are struggling with coordinating the pencil and with writing, there is a chance that they will also struggle with the process of learning to type. Handwriting also requires the visual system, the visual memory system, perceptual systems, and the fine motor systems to work together. Those systems are used every day in throwing a ball, catching a ball, in coloring, in cutting, in typing, and all types of activities, and using a knife and fork. Handwriting, in itself, is an important skill in their visual motor systems, which are used in multiple other activities in life.
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Occupational Therapist

Melissa Idelson, OTR/L has been working as a Sensory Integration trained Occupational Therapist for 22 years. She is the Founder and Director of the Child Success Center (CSC) in Santa Monica CA. CSC recognizes that development and learning challenges are multi-faceted. They offer Occupational, Speech-Language, and Educational Therapy to children birth through 13 years of age; tailored to meet each child and families individual needs. As a child development specialist, Melissa guides parent and child through the development and/or learning process. Her team of highly skilled therapists at CSC know how to put the pieces of the puzzle together to complete each child¹s unique picture, and design a therapy program that will enable them to thrive. Melissa Idelson and the CSC team offer assessment and treatment, along with parent and teacher education for early intervention. 

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