Your Lexercise clinician will guide you in how to do short, focused handwriting practice routines, using the letters, letter combinations, words and sentences.
Letters are the symbols we use to represent our speech and to capture our thoughts. Accurate, fluent, unconscious letter formation helps information flow and prevents attention from being drained away from thinking. Graham (2009) points out the importance of the links between letter images and spelling sequences. He advocates teaching in a structured, systematic sequence to make mastery manageable.
People with language processing impairments often need a more direct, more explicit and more systematic to mastering handwriting than is common practice in most general education classrooms (Richard & Graham, 2010). They benefit from learning a consistent movement path for each letter, the proportionate sizing for all lower care and upper case letters and ways to connect (ligature) letters that encourage a fluent "flow". See: How handwriting trains the brain....and why it should be part of therapy.
While research is clearly shows the importance of transcription speed and automaticity the research base is much weaker when it comes to decisions about which script (handwriting method) should be taught and how. Recent brain-imaging research does support teaching letter formation as a movement path as opposed to as static shapes (sticks and balls) and connecting the movement path for each specific letter to the letter's symbol-sound connection. (Dehaene, 2013)
Some International Schools teach Chancery Script (a.k.a. Italic Script), arguing that it the fastest and most ergonomic way to write by hand. Chancery Script focuses on an ergonomic movement path for each letter, natural ligatures between letters and the development of a personal "hand" as opposed to prescribed shapes for letters. For a review of Chancery Script see the Lexercise Live Broadcast: In Praise of Handwriting.
- Dehaene, S. (2013). How the Brain Learns to Read. (Video) Presentation delivered to the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). (Retrieved from YouTube, 7/1/15)
- Dehaene, S. (2013). Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain. Cerebrum, 1-12.
- Graham, S. (2009). Want to improve children's writing? Don't neglect their handwriting. American Educator, vol. 22. p.20-40.
- International Dyslexia Association (June 2014). Too Soon to Declare Handwriting a Relic of the Past.
- Richard, J.R. and Graham, S. (2010). Creating Better Readers and Writers: The Importance of Direct, Systematic Spelling and Handwriting Instruction in Improving Academic Performance. Columbus, Ohio: Saperstein Associates.