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How cursive can help students with dyslexia connect the dots:

According to Zecher, students with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read because their brains associate sounds and letter combinations inefficiently. But cursive can help them with the decoding process because it integrates hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and other brain and memory functions.


Marilyn Zecher, a language specialist at the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville, Maryland works with Alec Falconer and Sam Daggett learn cursive writing to deal with their dyslexia. Photo by: Mike Fritz/PBS NewsHour

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Write on the Beat...

...is a rhythmic handwriting program developed by Marilyn Zecher in the early 1980's to address the needs of dyslexic students in an Orton-Gillingham based public school program. It is designed to provide whole class or individual instruction as either a remedial program for older students or as initial cursive writing instruction.

It utilizes the multisensory approach by using rhythm, gross motor activities and repetitive practice to help students develop automatic, fluent letter formation before engaging fine motor skills. It has been used successfully in both public and private schools, summer programs and by academic therapists providing individualized instruction. It is appropriate for all students, but especially effective for those students who have been previously unsuccessful in developing handwriting skills.

This handwriting instruction was featured in a U.S. News and World Reports article on dyslexia Nov. 7, 1983.

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