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Research: Examining handwriting

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By Caroline BugginsMarketing Manager at STABILO (www.stabilo.co.uk), which produces ergonomic writing instruments, designed to help improve children’s handwriting

Caroline Buggins on why children need more opportunities to enjoy the freedom of expression that handwriting can bring

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People have been analysing handwriting for more than 2,000 years. Roman historians examined Caesar Augustus’ handwriting; priests and monks secretly explored the art in the Middle Ages, and even William Shakespeare once said, “Give me the handwriting of a woman and I will tell you her character.”

As parents, we worry about whether our children are happy. We know their personalities are still being shaped. But how many parents know that children’s thinking patterns, self-esteem, self-confidence and fears can all be revealed through their handwriting?

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