Advice from the OT Part 4 – Teach Your Students the Right Way to Write.
In New York City, where I practice, children are expected to be able to write at the age of four. In my clinical opinion, this is two full years before they are developmentally ready, and does more harm than good. If a child does not yet have the internal strength and stability to perform such a high level task, in order to comply with the grownups demands, he is going to have to manufacture it by straining and contorting his body in a very unnatural way. This sets him up for a lifetime of poor posture and bad habits.