Studies have previously shown that cursive handwriting can improve hand-eye coordination, brain development, language, memory and comprehension. Did you know though, that it is proven to help with dyslexia as well?
Since dyslexia can make it difficult to spell, read, and write, and cursive is a skill that can improve upon these issues, it makes sense that practicing it could benefit people with dyslexia. At least that is the logic the concept was initially based off of and it has proven to ring true.
According to this article from PBS NewsHour, language specialists and other therapists make cursive writing instruction a core part of the therapy plan for students struggling with dyslexia. One such language specialist, Marilyn Zecher, says that because they have difficulty associating sounds and letter combinations together correctly, that cursive helps them decode by integrating “hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and other brain and memory functions.” New research shows that involving the hands creates “a stronger association for learning and memory”.
Students who have tried cursive handwriting as a therapy for dyslexia claim to notice a distinct improvement in their reading, spelling, writing and comprehension skills. However, now that many schools are dropping cursive handwriting instruction in the classroom, students with dyslexia are forced to seek help elsewhere. The loss of cursive writing in the classrooms is a disservice not just to those with dyslexia, but to all students. Cursive helps support memory, generates critical thinking and improves content assimilation.
There is so much to gain by practicing cursive and so much to lose if it is dropped from curriculums that it is a no brainer, cursive needs to stick around. If you have young students who are not being taught this beneficial skill, then perhaps it would be good idea to teach them at home or get them some lessons.