Micrographia is derived from micro- which means small and -graphia which means writing. Small, cramped writing is a common symptom of Parkinson's disease. A symptom that arrives early on but one that many patients learn about in later years of their disease. The Art Cart has developed an interactive workbook, Let's Combat Micrographia, to help this population learn ways to improve their hand dexterity and handwriting. Our interactive workbook was published in 2016 and since then we created a Let's Combat Micrographia workshop series to work with patients in a group setting. This intensive six-workshop series takes them through the different chapters of the workbook to improve their handwriting and hand dexterity. As a result, we have seen improvement in many patients we have worked with. The image below depicts improvement in handwriting over the six-week period. Given the success of our preliminary workshop series, we hope to create a sustainable training program to spread awareness and help patients in the New England area learn how to improve their micrographia.
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