Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Development of the Detailed Assessment of the Speed of Handwriting

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  • Anna Barnett has worked with colleagues to design a test of handwriting speed – the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting ( DASH and DASH 17+; Barnett, Henderson, Scheib & Schulz, 2007, 2010). There is a version for children aged 9 to 16 years and one for those aged 17 to 25, both of which help to identify students with slow handwriting. The test is being used by Occupational Therapists, teachers and special needs tutors to measure handwriting speed and help plan how best to help those with difficulties.

    Further work on the DASH is underway to examine its reliability and validity in different groups of children of various ages.