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Title: Understanding handwriting difficulties: A comparison of children with and without motor impairment
Authors: Prunty, M
Barnett, AL
Keywords: dysgraphia;writing;handwriting speed;pausing;DCD
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Cognitive Neuropsychology
Abstract: The nature of handwriting difficulties have been explored in children with specific developmental disorders. The aim of this study was to investigate the nature of handwriting difficulties in children with dysgraphia, a less studied group who have significant handwriting difficulties in the absence of motor control or cognitive difficulties. The performance of a dysgraphia group aged 8-14 years was compared to a group with Developmental Coordination Disorder and to typically developing (TD) controls. Participants completed two handwriting tasks on a digitizing writing tablet. The amount and accuracy of the handwriting product was measured, plus various temporal and spatial features of the writing process. There were no significant differences in performance between the two groups with handwriting difficulties but both performed more poorly than the TD group. Individual differences in the type and severity of handwriting impairments suggest the need for a range of classroom assessments to tailor intervention appropriately.
ISSN: 1464-0627
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Embargoed Research Papers

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