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5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them

by Lindsay Hutton

Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting to write. Here's what children struggle with the most when it comes to handwriting, and tips on how to help.

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Child's hand drawing on white paper with pencil.

Incorrect Grip


There are several developmental stages that your child will go through before he or she learns how to hold a pen or pencil correctly. As a toddler, he or she will start off by holding it in a closed fist and most of his or her scribbling motion will come from the shoulder. As his or her arm and hand control improve, he or she will eventually start holding pens and pencils with his or her fingers, and most movement will come from the wrist. Most children have mastered the correct, tripod-style grip by the age of six.

However, as with most developmental stages, this varies from child to child. The tripod-style grip is considered most efficient in helping your child master how to write neatly and at a reasonable speed without his or her hand tiring easily. If your child is finding it difficult to master the tripod-style grip, this printable worksheet can help him or her learn the correct way to hold a pen or pencil. A pencil gripper can also be helpful.

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