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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

Assessment of Handwriting Skill in South Indian Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder

  • Open or Close Ganapathy Sankar U1 and Monisha R2*

    1 Professor, SRM College of Occupational Therapy, India

    2 Assistant Professor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India

    *Corresponding author: Monisha R, Assistant Professor, SRM College of Physiotherapy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India

Submission: August 13, 2018; Published: October 30, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2018.04.000584

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume4 Issue1


Background: Children with developmental coordination dis¬order (DCD) experience difficulties produc-ing controlled and coordinated movement and this difficulty interferes with their activity of daily living and academic achievement.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to characterize handwriting deficits in children with developmental Coordination disorder (DCD).

Methods: 10 boys with DCD with age ranges from 6 to 8 years with Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT) scoring above 80 were included in the study after hav¬ing satisfied the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for DCD. Children with pervasive developmental disorder were not included in this study.

Result: The attainment of handwriting skill by DASH test was markedly slower in children with DCD, who have difficulties in writing within an appropriate time frame and when writing complex character.

Conclusion: Children with DCD have difficulties performing the open-loop and closed-loop movements required for fluent handwriting.

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