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Apraxia Monday: Reading and Writing Go Hand-in-Hand, Part 1

By Leslie Lindsay My youngest daughter is complaining that she can’t go to kindergarten just yet.  Why, you wonder?  Well, she seems to be worried that she can’t write (well).  I smile because I know she can (age-appropriately) and I smile because I know she is a perfectionist…much like me.  Learning to write is a complicated process.  First, one needs a basic understanding of the alphabet…and then one must have the knowledge that letters represent sounds and sounds make words.  Of course, forming all of those words is another task–one needs to know the correct order in which to put all of those letters in to make a word.  Argh!!  If you feel discouraged, bear with me.  I will give you some tips and ideas for helping your child–apraxia, or no–develop some skills for handwriting. First, though a quick run-down of why it’s so hard to learn to write: Lots of reflexes must come together  to control a pencil/pen and the rate and rhythm of writing Your child will need to be able to cross the midline of …