Children’s handwriting, as a general rule of thumb, is one area where the graphologist should be careful to assess the need for a Personality Profile. The fact that a child’s or teenage child’s handwriting changes almost hour by hour let alone day to day. Why is this so?
Firstly, the child when young is still developing their handwriting skills and their moods and character is often affected quite prominently by the atmosphere and surroundings within which they find themselves.
Secondly, character and confidence is still being developed as is confidence in who they are and their aspirations are difficult to define.
Therefore, I will only accept children’s handwriting when there is cause for concern. For example, when there are abrupt and sometimes disturbing changes in the child’s behaviour. They may become aggressive or withdrawn; argumentative or overly compliant. A child’s abrupt changes in mood is just part of growing up and a normal progression of the development process, therefore this, on it’s own, should not cause undue concern to parents or teachers.
Parents should always be aware that in all probability I will ask for samples of their own handwriting as well as that of the child. Drawings and paintings that the child has produced will also provide me, the graphologist, with a greater insight into the character and probable reasons for genuine concern by the responsible adult(s).
It is most helpful to the responsible adults to meet and discuss the findings with myself should they have any doubts as to the interpretation of the child’s handwriting. Certainly it is often better to talk through a situation such as this rather than it appear starkly in black and white on paper – and therefore be open to misunderstanding.
Children’s handwriting is always examined from small portions of handwriting, written over a period of three / four weeks together with any drawings and paintings they may also have produced.
To build up a complete and accurate personality profile it is essential that the writer’s original handwriting is put forward for examination. Clients come to us from throughout the UK because distance is no barrier to gaining the best handwriting analysis expertise.
Firstly ‘picture’ the completed sheet of A4 handwriting presents is evaluated – this is, in effect, the utilisation of the space – or as my tutor used to put it – consider the blank piece of paper a world without life. As soon as the pen touches the paper life begins, grows and develops. It is the development of the handwriting, not the content, that illustrates the true character of the writer. From there on the profile of the writer is defined by every line, curve and dot contained within the written word.
- careful measurements are then made of all aspects of the handwriting – the overall size; the differential in size between the three zones of the handwriting [upper, middle and lower]. Each must be carefully observed and any deviation from the copybook taught must be evaluated
- the aesthetic quality of the handwriting assessed now that it has been ‘personalised’ and made unique to the writer – no other writer will adapt their handwriting in exactly the same way
- measurement of the space between both the individual letters within a word and also the way the words are separated one from the other
- most writers use a form of connection between letters when building up a word, but it is unusual for every letter to be uniformly connected one to the other. Indeed, some letters will be allowed to stand alone often for aesthetic reasons, but mainly because the form of connection that can be used does not flow easily one letter to another
- consideration must be given as to why abbreviations in letter form are an integral part of the handwriting. i.e., why the endings of certain words end in a wavy line the actual letter forms being totally undistinguishable
- Crossings out, smudges, omitted letters, dotting on or around a letter or word together with ambiguity in the shape and form of letters and words have to be carefully considered and play an integral part in ascertaining the actual character of the writer
Parents, guardians or teachers will be asked to provide drawings, scribble and formal handwritten work. It is always most helpful, but not necessarily essential that the parents or guardians provide small samples of their own handwriting and signatures – because their influence is still an all pervading factor in the child’s life. Any physical disabilities should also made evident as these can also hamper a child’s development and lead to behavioural /emotional problems.
‘I found your analysis of my son’s handwriting so helpful in the initial stages of getting to know last year. It guided me round all sorts of potholes and gave me an uncanny insight into his character’.
A.S. – London
‘Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into helping Jennifer and ourselves – we did wonder why you wanted our handwriting too, but at the end of our time with you we understood our own ‘shortcomings’ and why Jennifer was pushed into behaving as she did. We are a much happier and relaxed family now’.
J & M O’Connor – Cheam
Children and young adults with behaviour problems £250 – £450
[follow up parent/guardian counselling £65 per hour]