Nadine Mackay, Annie McCluskey, Rachel Mayes; The Log Handwriting Program Improved Children’s Writing Legibility: A Pretest–Posttest Study. Am J Occup Ther 2010;64(1):30-36. doi: 10.5014/ajot.64.1.30.
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OBJECTIVE. We determined the feasibility and outcomes of the Log Handwriting Program (Raynal, 1990), an 8-week training program based on task-specific practice of handwriting.
METHOD. We used a pretest–posttest design involving 16 first- and second-grade Australian students. Handwriting training sessions occurred in schools for 45 min per week over 8 weeks, in groups of 2 or 3. Weekly homework was provided. The primary outcome measure was the Minnesota Handwriting Assessment (range = 0 to 34; Reisman, 1999). Legibility, form, alignment, size, spacing, and speed were measured.
RESULTS. All six assessment subscales showed statistically significant differences. Legibility improved by a mean of 4.1 points (95% confidence interval = 2.5 to 5.7); form, 5.3 points; alignment, 7.8 points; size, 7.9 points; and space, 5.3 points. Speed decreased by 3.9 points.
CONCLUSION. Preliminary evidence indicates that an 8-week Log Handwriting Program is feasible and improved handwriting in primary school children.
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