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Developmental dysgraphia: A new approach to diagnosis



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Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Popis Writing is a complex skill. Issues in this process, that are usually associated with the developmental dysgraphia (DD), could consistently cause problems in everyday life, e.g. lower self-esteem and academic achievement. That is why the correct diagnosis of DD is crucial for further child development. DD belongs to specific learning disabilities and according to different studies its prevalence range between 0,1 % and 30%. Diagnosing a child with DD relies, in the first place, on teachers. After that, psychologists or special educational specialists (in the Czech Republic) commonly use qualitative evaluation of the written process, where the child is observed during her/his writing. Nevertheless, there are no objective tests or standardized examinations for assessment of handwriting deficiency in the special educational and psychological practice. In the frame of our research, we develop a new quantitative approach to handwriting proficiency assessment. Digitizing tablets (Wacom Intuos Pro L) with a special inking pen (Wacom Ink Pen) are used to record the online handwriting process and graphomotor skills of children. Administration templates contain simple graphomotor elements and complex figures related to DD symptoms and cognitive (memory and visuospatial) abilities. This new approach to diagnose handwriting issues will be presented.
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