A handwriting assessment focuses specifically on biomechanical factors such as hand function and pen control, in addition to cognitive factors such as attention, memory and planning abilities, to determine why the student is having problems with handwriting.
Some common reasons for referral to our service includes difficulties keeping pace with peers, problems with handwriting legibility, slow to copy work from the blackboard or from closer distances such as the student’s table, difficulties composing and editing text, and trouble copying work when dictated to.
The assessment takes about one hour and fifteen minutes.
Parents receive a 1-2 page report and verbal feedback on the day of the assessment (if at the clinic).
We also inform the parents how many treatment sessions (if required) would be beneficial in order to address the problems.
There are currently no standardised Australian handwriting tests other than the Handwriting Speed Test, so we use a combination of criterion referenced assessments and clinical observations.
School consequences of handwriting difficulties may include:
The following is a before and after example of how our assessment and treatment works.