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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Occupational Therapists Renew Lost Art Of Handwriting

Occupational therapists from across Indiana gathered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Saturday to teach young students how to better use their hands and fingers to write.

Educators said that handwriting has become overshadowed and somewhat outdated by the technology of laptops and smartphones.

Handwriting expert Kathleen Wright said learning to write by hand stimulates the brain.

"Studies show the importance of handwriting on early reading and writing, and how it affects the portion of the brain that the child needs to have activated for oral language development,” Wright said.

Wright said there's currently a ground-swell of renewed interest in the subject, especially among occupational therapists who assist teachers in Indiana classrooms.

Source: WRTV Indianapolis