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So here is my process… Step 1: I first look at underlying skills related to handwriting. This usually includes clinical observations of motor skills, stability of supporting joints, pencil grasp, hand strength, etc.
You have to look at the foundation before you can fully address anything else. I like this test because it is broken down into three subtests which assess the building blocks for writing. Visual Motor Integration Taking in visual information and using it appropriately for motor output such as writing, drawing, throwing a ball, using a utensil, etc.
This portion of the test involves the child copying various shapes and forms which increase in difficulty. Visual Perception The ability to appropriately process visual input.
This portion of the test focuses on matching two shapes when one is among similar shapes.
Motor Coordination Skilled control of motor movements. This portion of the test requires the child to draw within the guidelines of shapes that also increase in difficulty. They have to demonstrate pencil control to remain inside the lines.
This test is fairly quick, and can offer a lot of insight into areas of difficulty. If concerns are sparked by this test, a therapist can pull out other evaluations to further assess specific areas such as visual perceptual skills or motor coordination, but this is a solid place to start.
I can usually get a sense of legibility issues by watching a child complete a handwriting sample. See my review of these different handwriting programs here. This evaluation measures letter memory, placement on the line, sizing, orientation, start point, and sequence formation.
All important components of letter writing, but also observable in a simple handwriting sample.
Here is my main issue with a test like this- Yes, it creates an objective way to measure handwriting skills, but does it truly assess legibility in a functional sense?
For complete credit on the assessment, the child has to start at the top, draw a straight line down, and then come back up to the top to finish the strokes.
If the child starts at the bottom to make the letter… deductions! What do I say to that?Many children with SI problems also have difficulty with handwriting.
The following article presents a review of the more prominent approaches to handwriting evaluation. Diagnosis & Remediation of Handwriting Problems MHT CHES - M ETCH - M TOLH Review of backgro und, descripti on, psycho metric properti es and summar y of each assessm ent.
Discusse s strength s and weaknes ses. They concluded that the assessment tools available are not widely used and that validation studies for these tools are lacking.
The type of handwriting scripts that are taught by schools, particularly cursive, can vary . Start studying Hand Skill & Handwriting Interventions.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Evidence Topic: Handwriting Assessment January Primary Reviewer: Wendy Collins, MOTS Handwriting Problems MHT CHES - M ETCH - M Feder, K.
P., & Majnemer, A. (). Review Article: Children’s handwriting evaluation tools and their psychometric properties. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics.
Handwriting Assessment Tools The following is an overview of print and cursive handwriting assessment tools. For more information and links to individual handwriting assessment tools, please scroll down.