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Improving handwriting through kinaesthetic sensitivity practice.

Authors
  • Harris, S J
  • Livesey, D J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian occupational therapy journal
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1992
Volume
39
Issue
1
Pages
23–27
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.1992.tb01731.x
PMID: 21790642
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Children in their first two years of formal education (kindergarten and year one) were assessed for handwriting performance. Those with poor handwriting were given practice on one of three tasks: kinaesthetic acuity, kinaesthetic memory and perception or a handwriting task. Both forms of kinaesthetic sensitivity practice produced significant improvement in handwriting performance by the year one children, while handwriting practice did not. The younger children did not demonstrate as clear cut gains as the older. These results support the findings of previous research which indicates the importance of kinaesthetic ability for performance of complex motor tasks.

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