Tzu-I Lee, Tsu-Hsin Howe, Hao-Ling Chen, Tien-Ni Wang; Predicting Handwriting Legibility in Taiwanese Elementary School Children. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(6):7006220020. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.016865
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This study investigates handwriting characteristics and potential predictors of handwriting legibility among typically developing elementary school children in Taiwan. Predictors of handwriting legibility included visual–motor integration (VMI), visual perception (VP), eye–hand coordination (EHC), and biomechanical characteristics of handwriting. A total of 118 children were recruited from an elementary school in Taipei, Taiwan. A computerized program then assessed their handwriting legibility. The biomechanics of handwriting were assessed using a digitizing writing tablet. The children’s VMI, VP, and EHC were assessed using the Beery–Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual–Motor Integration. Results indicated that predictive factors of handwriting legibility varied in different age groups. VMI predicted handwriting legibility for first-grade students, and EHC and stroke force predicted handwriting legibility for second-grade students. Kinematic factors such as stroke velocity were the only predictor for children in fifth and sixth grades.
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