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Handwriting Help for Teens

author image Candice Coleman
Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.
Handwriting Help for Teens
Daily practice can improve your teen's handwriting. Photo Credit: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images

Maybe your teen's handwriting leaves you stumped when it comes to notes or greeting cards. Parents might also find that teachers are unhappy about a teen's penning abilities. Though handwriting might be less important in the digital age than in the past, a little practice can go a long way. No matter your child's handwriting ability, several techniques can make lackluster writing legible.

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Handwriting troubles might require additional practice and help, but those problems could also be the result of pain or discomfort while writing, according to the National Handwriting Association in the United Kingdom. Some teenagers might have motor control problems when writing or handling other objects. Ask your teenager whether he experiences any physical problems when he is writing. If he is concerned about the difficulty he has while writing, an appointment with his doctor might clear up any confusion.


The rules used by younger children practicing handwriting also apply to teenagers and adults. Teenagers might want to practice with the way they hold a pencil, and how firmly they grasp it, when trying to improve their handwriting, according to KidsHealth. Speed can also play a factor in unrefined handwriting: slowing down might help your daughter produce legible copy.


The adage that practice makes perfect is true when it comes to mastering handwriting skills. Playing games that require writing or motor control in your teen's hands can be beneficial, according to KidsHealth. Penning letters to friends and keeping a journal are also practical ways to give your teen more opportunity to write. Whenever your son receives assignments, and if it is acceptable to his teacher, encourage him to complete it by hand instead of typing it.

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While you might be concerned about your teen's handwriting, and she might feel self-conscious about the way it looks, it is possible that your daughter's handwriting is typical of her age, according to the National Handwriting Association. If her teachers do not have problems with her handwriting, and if the work she produces looks similar to that of her classmates, you might not have any reason to intervene. If your concern is growing, ask your daughter's teacher what can be done to improve her penmanship.

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