An exploratory study on the handwriting performance of children with and without developmental coordination disorder

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An exploratory study on the handwriting performance of children with and without developmental coordination disorder

 

Author: Chui, Mun-yee
Title: An exploratory study on the handwriting performance of children with and without developmental coordination disorder
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Children -- Writing
Chinese language -- Writing -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Penmanship, Chinese -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Movement disorders in children
Motor ability in children
Clumsiness in children
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: ix, 81 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1517846
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/487
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the nature of handwriting difficulties in Chinese children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). This was achieved by comparing and analyzing the handwriting performance, in both the legibility and speed aspects, of children with DCD and their matched control. The legibility aspect was measured by the Copying Test and the Modified Tseng Handwriting Problem Checklist (MTHPC). Participants were 23 children with DCD and 23 non-dysfunctional children, who were the control group. Both groups were matched according to the gender, age, grade, and also school teaching approach. Their ages ranged from 6.00 to 10.33 years and they were attending Primary One to Primary Four in mainstream schools. Results of the study showed that, as expected, children with DCD scored significantly poorer than the non-dysfunctional children in the Copying Test and all the four composites of the MTHPC i.e. Construction, Accuracy, Sequencing and Directionality composites. Children with DCD were also noted to write significantly slower, with an average of three characters per minute less, than the control group. It was also found that the clumsier the child was, the poorer was his handwriting legibility and also the slower was his handwriting speed. Detailed analysis of the children's performance in individual items of the Copying Test and the MTHPC had been discussed. The findings supported that children with DCD showed handwriting difficulties in various areas such as writing out of boundary, poor formation of strokes, and poor judgement in proportion and size of components. Therefore, apart from providing direct interventions, occupational therapists should liaise with the school teachers for extra support and allowance to this group of children. Further research on the underlying causes of their handwriting problems were urgently required.

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