Dr. Moore discusses the relationship between fine motor development and visual development and how it is affected while students are learning at home. While virtual learning has some advantages for students, one disadvantage is children will be writing on paper a lot less. Students writing during class helps develop fine motor skills of the hand which helps strengthen the visual system.
Because of this, it is very important for parents to have students practice handwriting each day, even if their teachers aren’t requiring it. The amount of writing needed each day to continue to strengthen fine motor skills and visual development is dependent on the age of the child. It is important for the eyes and the hands to work together properly, which is why we recommend daily handwriting exercises.
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