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Later literacy success hinges on early handwriting lessons

Medical X-Press – Pepita Smyth

“A new study has shown the far-reaching implications of handwriting skills in early childhood. In an Australian first, Murdoch University researchers Dr Anabela Malpique, Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak and PhD Candidate Debora Valcan examined the handwriting abilities of children prior to starting Year 1. “Writing is a way of transforming and expressing ideas into language and we know that early handwriting automaticity, that is how effortlessly students can write letters, is a strong predictor of both writing fluency and quality,” Dr Malpique said.”(more)

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