Back leaning slightly forward
Feet flat on the floor
Bottom well back into the chair
Chair well under the table
Table height is half that of the writer
Chair height is a third that of the writer
Tummy away from the table
Bent elbow 5 cm above table
Thighs fully supported and knees bent at 90 degrees
A video guide to the best sitting position for handwriting
The key elements for sitting comfortably at a desk when handwriting
Tips on providing a child with the best sitting position for handwriting
Learning to sit correctly at a table for handwriting type activities is not just important for developing a physically comfortable and maintainable sitting position; it also allows the arms and hands to move freely and enables the paper to be tilted and positioned correctly, helping to improve the quality of the handwriting.
Learning how to sit correctly, so that it becomes second nature, needs training and takes time. Many children do not sit correctly at a desk, when they are asked to do so, because they have not been taught or do not understand what they are meant to do.
Some children find sitting correctly at a desk difficult because they have not acquired all the gross motor skills needed to sit correctly for long periods of time. These children may require additional posture base and bilateral coordination games and activities to help them build the appropriate gross motor skills.