Have you ever wondered whether too much time spent on screens has an effect on your child’s handwriting? Tablets, smart phones and video games are taking up a lot of a young person’s time and they seem to start using them from quite an early age! When too much time is spent on a tablet, the child is missing out on opportunities for manual play during which they use their hands in lots of different ways by handling a variety of objects. As a result, the muscles of the hand are not as developed as they could be when a child is ready to start school. This lack of dexterity will have an impact on how the child grips a pencil as well as his/her ability to write.