Changing child’s handwriting improves behaviour: analyst
OTTAWA — Parents of difficult children can take some solace in the latest theory circulating in education circles that the key to changing kids’ negative behaviour could be as simple as changing their handwriting.
Handwriting analyst Simon Zelcovitch has begun working with families to help transform selfish kids into more giving ones, domineering kids into collegial ones, and closed-minded or secretive children into more open, personable people — all by identifying revealing aspects of their handwriting and changing their writing patterns accordingly.
“By altering their handwriting, the person will change their behaviour. There’s absolutely a connection,” said Zelcovitch, who is based in Toronto.
He’ll be sharing his ideas later this month at the conference of the Educators of the Gifted of Ontario, an affiliate of the Council for Exceptional Children. Zelcovitch’s task will be to convince educators there’s a good reason to pay attention to kids’ handwriting as a window into their character.
“By looking at the child’s handwriting, if their slant goes extremely to the left, that’s a strong indicator that person is focusing on himself or herself, which is not a healthy thing if you live in a world of give and take,” said Zelcovitch.
He also says parents and educators should take special note of the way a child uses the t-bar. If it slops downward with a sharp point, “it shows a dominating personality. This won’t get you friends.”
Or, if a child leaves little breathing space between certain vowels, it’s “indicative of someone who is not openminded, and very reserved, and too much so.” The same holds true for loops.
“If the child closes the As and Os with a locked loop, that’s indicative of a personality that is very reticent and secretive, where things are locked away inside. It’s more difficult to make friends,” Zelcovitch said.
If parents or educators work five minutes a day to undo some of these handwriting techniques, the behaviour will change over time because kids are motivated to put to rest the negative character traits, he says.
“Two things happen.Your handwriting will change because you’re working at making it change. And what happens (is) you’re focusing, subconsciously and consciously, on changing that trait in you.
“The whole thing boils down to common sense. The child understands the negatives and positives. You say, ‘Now look, here you have some negatives, and you can improve on those on your own.’ They grab at that, and away they go.”
Zelcovitch says many minds need to be opened well beyond the confines of the classroom. In Europe, for example, there’s no shame in companies using handwriting analysis as part of a hiring process. In Canada, Zelcovitch has worked with companies looking for help in selecting people for jobs, but his client list remains confidential.