I Can’t Read what you are Writing!

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Has your mom or dad ever told you that they couldn’t quite make out your handwriting? Does your teacher give you low grades because they can’t read what you turned in? There are many causes for bad handwriting. It could be from wrong teaching habits to behavioral problems, to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  All different types of factors are looked at when trying to figure out how to fix the problem.

Here are some facts… Studies show how handwriting can be good or bad depending on the person.  The fact that there are multiple aspects to legible handwriting is the key in understanding where the problems start. According to Carla Crutsinger, M.S.(creator of Brainworks Educational Center in Hickory North Carolina) there are 14 different abilities that are required in order to have nice handwriting.  People that have ADHD find it hard to concentrate.  It is hard to take the thoughts in their head and put it down on paper.  For example, visual focusing, mental attention and memory recall are aspects in handwriting that do not have to do with physical motor skills. Most people think that handwriting only has to do with the muscles and your hands; however, that is not the case.The other half of handwriting is organizing ideas inside your head. Shelly Schnieder the Supervision of Recreation at NYIT says, “Technology is also a factor when it comes to improving handwriting skills, now that there is texting and typing, and people do not feel the need to have good handwriting anymore because it can all be imputed into the computer where everything is readable.”  More and more students take their laptops to class and take notes directly by typing what the professors say.  They take out the writing aspect of it.  The fact that we do not practice writing constantly can also contribute to bad handwriting. 

People that suffer from ADHD have trouble organizing their thoughts and staying focused.This is a problem when it comes to handwriting because they can’t put their thoughts on to paper.This impairs their life by making it difficult to do normal everyday activities.  This causes anxiety and other psychological problems.  It doesn’taffect all people with ADHD.  NYIT Women’s Basketball player Nikki Jo Rotolosays says, “It doesn’t effect my handwriting, I always draw and doodle while taking notes but that’s about it.”  Event though it doesn’t affect her handwriting, having ADHD affects her overall comprehension of work. 

People that do not have ADHD also are also affected by bad handwriting. “Bad hand writing affects me because it is hard for me to put my thoughts on a piece of paper” says NYIT student Stephan Owens.  Taking notes is difficult because when I go back to look at what I wrote, it is sometimes hard to read.”  Handwriting affects all aspects of someone’s life from studying to concentrating and organizing thoughts in one’s head.  NYIT Men’s Basketball Player Azel Prather says, “I do not agree with this because personally I don’t have ADHD and my hand writing is terrible.  The studies are proven wrong.”  Prather understand that handwriting can also just be something that is a signature of personality.  Some people don’t feel the need to write clearly, as long as they can read it, that’s all that matters. 

Head softball coach Stephen Christianson asks, “Is there a percentage that compares boys handwriting to girls hand writing?”  The answer to that is yes.  According to W.H. Lundgren, author of Girls Have Better Handwriting then Boys, 72% of people voted true and 28% of people voted false.  Most people would say that girls have better handwringing. There are different methods to help improve handwriting problems.Medications could be used to treat this problem so they can create a well, detailed and organized piece of writing.Another approach to help this problem is to separate their thoughts and the actual writing process.  This can be done by tape recording their thoughts first then going back and writing down what they had said. 

Handwriting deficiency is a problem amongst all types of people.  Just because someone has ADHD it does not mean they will have bad handwriting.  Also if you have bad handwriting, it does not mean you have ADHD. If there is no cure for this problem then the next step is to help decrease the intensity of the problem. This is what the main focus is and it should help children and adults all over the world with this problem.

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