ERIC Number: ED374602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-10
Educational Interventions for Visual-Motor Deficiencies That Affect Handwriting in School-Aged Children.
Dikowski, Timothy J.
This practicum was designed to remediate handwriting skills in school-aged children who displayed visual-motor deficiencies that affect mechanical skills. Practicum goals were to: (1) identify and diagnose children with handwriting delays; (2) involve school and parent interaction by involving them with pre- and post-program assessment; (3) involve identified children in a visual-motor program to develop mechanical abilities; and (4) measure data to assess effects of training on individual children. Ten students referred to a private clinic providing educational, psychological, rehabilitation, visual, and medical services served as subjects. Practicum activities included using computer programs to develop visual tracing, closure, pursuits, and spatial integration and using haptic writing and visual auditory tactile kinesthetic integration to reinforce the visual-motor process. Results indicated that 8 of 10 children showed improvement in visual-motor integration skills, 5 children showed improvement in visual skills related to handwriting functioning, and parents and teachers reported significant improvements in children's handwriting abilities. Appendices contain a referral form, a case history form, a handwriting checklist, a handwriting inventory, and a discussion of remediation techniques for improving handwriting. (Contains 40 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.