The effects of learning handwriting on the development of a child’s brain

A new study shows that that brain activity is influenced in different, important ways by previous handwriting of letters, versus previous typing or tracing of those same letters. These findings suggest that handwriting is important for development of brain areas critical for learning to read and write. The authors conclude that handwriting may facilitate reading acquisition in young children. The results of this study are also discussed in a recent Psychology Today article.

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