So let's focus on handwriting for a bit. Most adults don't think twice about picking up a pen to write out a quick reminder or jot down a note, but handwriting is more than just picking up the pencil and writing. Handwriting is a skill that takes practice and must be developed. For kids, it is critically important to consider that these skills develop over time and typically follow a set of developmental milestones. Below are a few milestones to keep in mind when considering your child's prehandwriting or handwriting skills compared to other kids their age.
Children typically begin imitating spontaneous scribbles on paper around 12 to 18 months of age. By 2 years of age, a child can typically imitate vertical and horizontal strokes, along with circles, and they are able to copy these lines and shapes by 2.5 to 3 years old. By 4 to 5 years of age, kids are usually able to copy more complex prehandwriting shapes including a plus sign, square, triangle, and letter “x”. At this age, children should also be able to practice the correct formation of letters found in their name. By 5 years old age, kids generally have established a hand dominance for various fine motor tasks, including handwriting.
If you ever have any questions or concerns with your child's progress towards reaching milestones related to handwriting, or any other milestones, feel free to give us a call for a free screening!