In a disturbing trend (at least to those of us who value the written word) cursive writing is disappearing from the curriculum in many schools, and some experts say pen and paper should give way to the keyboard altogether. But a Philadelphia occupational therapist says handwriting is crucial to a child’s development. She says she is seeing more and more kids who are missing developmental milestones — something she suspects stems in part from too much technology and “screen time” and not enough physical play and exploration. Read the full story.

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