Paper Position & Tilt are Important for Good Handwriting

The paper position and tilt on the desk, for both right and left-handed writers, can make a big difference to a child’s handwriting experience and comfort and yet it is an element which is often neglected.

The correct paper position and tilt enables your child to handwrite comfortably while being able to see what they are writing. It also allows the non-writing hand to move the paper up the table so that the writing hand elbow can stay in the same position. The aim is to have the paper move up the table, rather than the writing hand moving down and eventually off the table.

With the non-writing hand moving the paper up the table the writing line stays in the same place which means eye movements are less, helping to make the writing experience less tiring and stressful.

If the paper is positioned and tilted correctly, with their writing hand under the writing line, they will also be able to see more easily what they have just written and where to place the next letter, word or section of text on the page. This is especially important for left-handed writers.

The most appropriate paper tilt angle is generally suggested as anywhere between 20 to 45 degrees anti-clockwise for right-handed writers and 30 to 45 degrees clockwise for left-handed writers.

For more tips and advice on developing a good paper position and tilt:

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6 thoughts on “Paper Position & Tilt are Important for Good Handwriting

  1. Denise Rees October 25, 2022 / 3:19 pm

    HI Lucy, I would like to use your image of paper positioning on our Occupational Therapy Page on Local Offer website, which primary school in Swindon will access to get information and ideas about handwriting. Please can I have permission to do this. Thank you

    • lucyteachchildren November 3, 2022 / 9:20 am

      Hi Denise, Will you be making it clear that the image is copyright to Teach Children Limited and taken from the Teach Handwriting Children Website/blog?

      • Denise Rees November 3, 2022 / 3:38 pm

        HI Lucy,

        I can do that. If I do that I can use the images


        Denise Rees
        Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist
        Paediatric Therapy Team
        Salt Way Centre
        Pearl Road
        SN5 5TD
        Main Office: 01793 464246
        Mobile: 07392 109 954

        Working Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8:30 till 4:30pm

        Childrens, Families & Community Health
        Swindon Borough Council

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      • lucyteachchildren November 4, 2022 / 4:06 pm

        Hi Denise, You original requested to use the paper position and tilt image, which we said you can use if you meet the requirements out lined. Please can you confirm it is just this one image as your comments know says images. WE just want to clarify that it is just for the paper position and tilt image that permission is being given for. Kind regard Lucy Lamont

      • Denise Rees November 10, 2022 / 2:00 pm

        yes, it is just one image

      • lucyteachchildren November 10, 2022 / 6:15 pm

        Hi Denise, that is fine , thank you for clarifying.

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