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Handwriting: An Introduction

Lauren Stern, a pediatric occupational therapist and handwriting specialist in New York City, provides tips on teaching your child to write letters of the alphabet.

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-Hi. I'm Lauren Stern, a pediatric occupational therapist and handwriting specialist in New York City. I'm here to provide some helpful tips for teaching your child how to write the letters of the alphabet. Handwriting is taught very differently today than when we were kids. Rather than focusing on constant repetition, the goal is to build the child's confidence and skills while providing a fun and hands-on experience. Kids can actually begin learning the formation of letters as early as age 3 and often do so without even picking up a crayon. The Handwriting Without Tears program, I follow, uses a multi-sensory approach including music and movement and appeal some multiple learning styles. I use a variety of techniques to help children avoid the biggest handwriting challenges such as reversing letters and numbers, grasping a crayon or pencil awkwardly, and being inconsistent with letter size and spacing. I use a fun-filled approach making it more natural for even struggling and special needs learners. I can help set your child on a path to a good handwriting regardless of your own penmanship skills. So let's get started.