About Lee Dein, Handwriting Specialist Teacher and Creator of the Magic Link Handwriting Programme
Lee Dein is a handwriting specialist who is based in London, UK. She is the founder and creator of the Magic Link Handwriting Programme. Lee Dein attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s school for girls and later graduated as a speech and language therapist in 1984. She has since remained a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. In 1986, she attained the RSA diploma to teach pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
Her many years of teaching have allowed her to gain a deep understanding of how pupils learn to write. Lee has 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. (The second is Julius Dein – celebrity magician.) Indeed, the writing developmental skills of her own children corroborated everything she had observed from teaching and become a handwriting expert. What struck Lee was the extent to which young children and young adults were suffering because of poor handwriting. And it was something that seemed to affect vast swathes of the population, irrespective of age or background.
The situation today is much the same. Far too many people have poor pencil grip and form their letters incorrectly. Sadly, many are diagnosed with having dysgraphia, dyspraxia, sensory processing problems, dyslexia, ADHD, hypermobility syndrome or even being left-handed. Once these labels are applied, the individuals in question often lose hope about ever improving. Lee realised there was an urgent need for a fun and logical handwriting programme which pupils could follow easily and simply.
To make matters worse, people are judged from an early age by the neatness and legibility of their handwriting, says Lee. And yet, in reality, most of these people are highly intelligent, bright and capable. “It is my contention,” continues Lee, “that that the fundamental problem here is that people have not been taught to write correctly and have therefore simply slipped through the net. Many adults feel really embarrassed by their handwriting and often think it’s too late to do anything about it. At present, there doesn’t seem to be a logical, easy method to prevent the learning of bad handwriting habits.” And that is precisely why Lee Dein decided to create the Magic Link Handwriting Programme. Over the past 30 years, Lee’s unique handwriting programme has taught thousands of students, both young and old, how to write clearly and legibly. This method is living proof that everyone is capable of writing neatly.
Lee is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has an enhanced DBS check. She is a member of PATOSS (The Professional Association of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) and she is also a member of the National Handwriting Association – a charity whose aims are to raise the importance of handwriting and to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting.