Developmental Dysgraphia

Writing is a complex skill and issues in this process could consistently cause problems in everyday life. That is why, the developmental dysgraphia (DD) is linked with lower self-esteem and academic achievement and the correct diagnosis is crucial. DD belongs to specific learning disabilities and the prevalence range between 0,1% to 30% according to different studies. Diagnosing a child with DD relies on teachers in the first place. After that psychologists or special educational specialists (in Czech republic) commonly use qualitative evaluation of written process, as the child is observed during writing., But there are no objective tests or standardised examinations for assessing handwriting deficiency in special educational and psychological practice. In our research we are developing quantitative approach to diagnosing handwriting proficiency. The digitizing tablets (Wacom Intuos Pro L) with special inking pen (Wacom Ink Pen) are used to record online handwriting process and graphomotorical skills of children. The administration templates contain simple graphic elements and complex figures related to DD symptoms and cognitive (memory and visuospatial) abilities. This new approach to diagnosing handwriting issues will be presented.

Methodologies, Accountability, Outcomes, Dysgraphia, Digitizing, Quantification,Tablet

Assessment and Evaluation

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Katarína Šafárová
    • Researcher, Department of Psychology, Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Czech Republic Czech Republic