Handwriting and Environmental Illness

Now that our kids are back in school I'm seeing some changes in their handwriting. This time for the better.

Soon after we moved into our home in Colorado our kids experienced negative changes in their handwriting. Something I didn't connect with their environment.

One of our high school daughters lost confidence in her writing a year after the move. One of our sons began to print in all capital letters.

Our daughter with the seizure disorder could barely write at all. One of her 7th grade teachers commented to me, "I take a deep breath when I see it's your daughter's paper. I know it will be tough to read." Her home environment was far from our consideration.

At the height of our exposure another son turned to all capitals. Our 2nd grade son couldn't write at all. His hand was too numb. Our 4th grade daughter's handwriting took a dramatic turn. Her writing became miniscule. Here it is below soon after we left the home.

Dr. Doris Rapp, who is Board Certified in Allergy Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, lists 5 considerations for diagnosing a food or environmental issue.

Behavior, Appearance, Pulse, Breathing, Handwriting.
On handwriting she says, "WATCH: your handwriting. If your handwriting or drawing suddenly deteriorates, your nervous system and brain have been affected. Ask why."
Dr. Doris Rapp Signs of Environmental Illness
I never thought to ask why. Now, in hindsight, it's obvious. My hope for this post is described by this anonymous quote,

"Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.”