Kid-Eze Therapy Services

Handwriting Assessment for Primary Schoolers

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. 

What the research tells us

School consequences of handwriting difficulties may include:

  • Teachers assigning lower marks for papers with poorer legibility but not poorer content (Chase 1986, Sweedler-Brown 1992).
  • Student’s slow handwriting speed limiting compositional fluency and quality (Graham et al 1997).
  • Students taking longer to finish assignments than their peers (Graham 1997).
  • Students having problems with taking notes in class (Graham 1992) and having problems reading them later.
  • Students struggling with handwriting mechanics failing to learn other higher-order writing processes, such as planning and grammar.
  • Students labouring with handwriting, results in handwriting avoidance (Berninger et al 1991).
  • A child’s rate of writing, or the number of letters written per minute, coupled with legibility, are the two cornerstones of functional handwriting (Amundson 1995).

An example of how we have helped

The following is a before and after example of how our assessment and treatment works.

Before treatment
Handwriting example before treatment

After treatment
Handwriting example after treatment