Last October I was starting to freak out that my seven-year-old might have Dysgraphia. That’s how bad his handwriting was. We launched a full-on intervention at home which you can see in my Handwriting Solutions Pinterest board, and poof! Problem solved! Bruce doesn’t have great handwriting, but it is now average for a second grader. He does not have Dysgraphia after all.
The only component to our handwriting campaign that I haven’t blogged about yet is guitar.
I think guitar makes a big difference in handwriting, but I don’t know why.
Is it because of muscle tone? Or is there something going on at a neurological level? I have no idea.
Bruce’s guitar teacher told me of his own experience practicing guitar so much in his teens, that he actually became ambidextrous.
To me as a psychology major, that makes me wonder if the brain can be rewired. Can new synapses be formed? Can handwriting be healed through music instruction?
If I could wave a magic wand and start dolling out grant money I know exactly what I would want to do.
I’d love to see MRIs of neurotypical kids playing guitar, kids who have dysgraphia playing guitar, and the before and after effects of several months of intense guitar playing.
My final thoughts on handwriting issues and second graders?
Please don’t make them do more and more and more and more worksheets with letter formations. I don’t care if it’s D’nelian. I don’t care if it’s Handwriting Without Tears. Give them a break!
There are lots of ways to improve handwriting, without practicing handwriting.
That sounds crazy but it isn’t.