There are many reasons why people can have handwriting difficulties.

When my child was struggling to write a sentence for 5 spellings, I tended to hurry him along saying “Just write the sentence!”  Little did I know the amount of physical and mental power the action of writing a sentence takes. Let me explain…


Hand-eye coordination plays a crucial role in handwriting as it involves the synchronisation of visual information with motor skills.

When writing, the eyes guide the hand in forming letters and shapes accurately on the paper. A strong hand-eye coordination enables individuals to control the movement of their hand precisely, ensuring legible and coherent writing. I also allows for smooth transitions between letters, proper spacing and alignment on the page.



What happens when hand-eye coordination skills are under-developed?

Common Traits

Letters all different sizes

Difficulty staying on the line

No spacing between words

Capital letters in the middle of words

Words squeezed together

Words written up the margin rather than taking a new line.



In order to write a sentence the brain has to think about what to write and the hand has to execute that thought. The difficulty for many people is that they can have brilliant ideas of what they want to write but cannot get those thoughts down on to paper.  They get stuck on how to spell a word or they can think what they have written makes sense, but it doesn’t. This mental side of writing is very frustrating and exhausting. Is it any wonder that children don’t want to do homework when they know it’s not going to be up to standard, it will take them a long time to do and no-one will be happy with it anyway!

Then we have the physical fatigue of the hand whilst writing and the lack of hand eye co-ordination. If your hand – eye coordination is not developed to its full potential you will not be able to judge spacing, the size of the letters and stay on the line.

At Performance Breakthrough we deal with the root cause. Through balance and co-ordination exercises we develop hand-eye deficits and improve muscle strength by ensuring that only necessary neurons are fired to the muscles that are required in order to write.


The 2 pieces of handwriting, set out below, were written by Sam aged 8. The first piece was written before he started the programme. The second was written just 8 weeks later!

Sam’s father, John, told Susan “We were told that Sam would never be able to write.”

We are absolutely delighted with the progress that Sam has made in such a short time!


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We would be delighted to speak at your event. Contact Susan to book her to speak at your school, workplace or sports ground. Susan tells the story of how she found the programme for her own two sons and how it enabled her to stop shouting! She also explains the science behind how and why this Movement Therapy Programme works.

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