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Handwriting speed in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: are they really slower?
Res Dev Disabil. 2013 Sep; 34(9):2927-36.RD

Abstract

Handwriting difficulties are often included in descriptions of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). They are cited as the most common reason for referral to health professionals following parent and teacher concerns about slow and untidy writing. The aim of this study was to compare handwriting performance in English children with and without DCD across a range of writing tasks, to gain a better understanding of the nature of 'slowness' so commonly reported. Twenty-eight 8-14 year-old children with a diagnosis of DCD participated in the study, with 28 typically developing age and gender matched controls. Participants completed the four handwriting tasks from the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) and wrote their own name; all on a digitising writing tablet. The number of words written, speed of pen movements and the time spent pausing during the tasks were calculated. The findings confirmed what many professionals report, that children with DCD produce less text than their peers. However, this was not due to slow movement execution, but rather a higher percentage of time spent pausing. Discussion centres on the understanding of the pausing phenomenon in children with DCD and areas for further research.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Oxford Brookes University (School of Health & Life Science), Gypsy Lane, Oxford OX30BP, United Kingdom. mellissa.prunty-2010@brookes.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23816628

Citation

Prunty, Mellissa M., et al. "Handwriting Speed in Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder: Are They Really Slower?" Research in Developmental Disabilities, vol. 34, no. 9, 2013, pp. 2927-36.
Prunty MM, Barnett AL, Wilmut K, et al. Handwriting speed in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: are they really slower? Res Dev Disabil. 2013;34(9):2927-36.
Prunty, M. M., Barnett, A. L., Wilmut, K., & Plumb, M. S. (2013). Handwriting speed in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: are they really slower? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9), 2927-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.06.005
Prunty MM, et al. Handwriting Speed in Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder: Are They Really Slower. Res Dev Disabil. 2013;34(9):2927-36. PubMed PMID: 23816628.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Handwriting speed in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: are they really slower? AU - Prunty,Mellissa M, AU - Barnett,Anna L, AU - Wilmut,Kate, AU - Plumb,Mandy S, Y1 - 2013/06/29/ PY - 2013/03/20/received PY - 2013/06/06/revised PY - 2013/06/06/accepted PY - 2013/7/3/entrez PY - 2013/7/3/pubmed PY - 2014/3/13/medline KW - DASH KW - Developmental Coordination Disorder KW - Handwriting KW - Handwriting speed SP - 2927 EP - 36 JF - Research in developmental disabilities JO - Res Dev Disabil VL - 34 IS - 9 N2 - Handwriting difficulties are often included in descriptions of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). They are cited as the most common reason for referral to health professionals following parent and teacher concerns about slow and untidy writing. The aim of this study was to compare handwriting performance in English children with and without DCD across a range of writing tasks, to gain a better understanding of the nature of 'slowness' so commonly reported. Twenty-eight 8-14 year-old children with a diagnosis of DCD participated in the study, with 28 typically developing age and gender matched controls. Participants completed the four handwriting tasks from the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) and wrote their own name; all on a digitising writing tablet. The number of words written, speed of pen movements and the time spent pausing during the tasks were calculated. The findings confirmed what many professionals report, that children with DCD produce less text than their peers. However, this was not due to slow movement execution, but rather a higher percentage of time spent pausing. Discussion centres on the understanding of the pausing phenomenon in children with DCD and areas for further research. SN - 1873-3379 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23816628/Handwriting_speed_in_children_with_Developmental_Coordination_Disorder:_are_they_really_slower L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0891-4222(13)00254-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -