I am handwriting specialist based in London, UK and the creator of the Magic Link handwriting program. I graduated as a speech and language therapist in 1984 and am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. In 1986, I attained the RSA diploma to teach pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
What has shocked me is the extent to which young children and young adults suffer because of poor handwriting. This affects vast swathes of the population, irrespective of age or background. People are often judged from an early age by the neatness and legibility of their handwriting. In reality, most of these people are highly intelligent, bright and capable. I believe that that the fundamental problem here is that people have not been taught to write correctly and have therefore simply slipped through the net.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of PATOSS (The Professional Association of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties). I am also a member of the National Handwriting Association – a charity whose aims are to raise the importance of handwriting and to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting.
There are bright and structured worksheet with clear color-coding to improve phonics, reading and spelling. Music, auditory instructions and visual tips are clearly presented throughout the program and makes the learning of handwriting fun and interesting.
Many children (and adults) feel really embarrassed about their handwriting and often think it’s too late to do anything about it. The Magic Link method has been proven to undo bad handwriting habits and teach the correct skills necessary for home and school. Good handwriting is never too late to learn!
The Magic Link handwriting program is perfect for all pupils including children who suffer from dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s syndrome, hyper-mobile or who are simply left-handed. All pupils follow the pre-recorded video lessons to learn the correct formation of letters, words and sentences. This highly structured program starts at the basic level and progresses through vowels and vowel combinations.
Pupils are fully aware from the start, that at the end of 30 steps they will achieve neat, cursive writing. At the end of the program, there is a “Certificate of Achievement” which provides an excellent motivator for younger children to enjoy.
Many British schools are successfully using the Magic Link program which can be used for a whole class and incorporated as part of a classroom activity. Alternatively, the program can be used with small groups of children, or with individual pupils who are finding particular difficulty with the letter and word formation
No teacher training is required. Teachers, special educational needs coordinator (SENcos) or teaching assistants are simply required to supervise the children to ensure that the pupils are following the steps correctly. This multi- sensory approach is used to simply the learning process and make the program very easy to use. Click here for school information.
After a long application process the Magic Link program has been fully appraised by British Dyslexia Association who have endorsed it with their stamp of assurance.