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Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH)

Anna Barnett, Sheila e Henderson, Beverley Scheib and Joerg Schulz

Accurately assess handwriting difficulties

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Age range: 9 years to 16 years 11 months

Qualification level: B

Year: 2007

Administration time: 30 minutes

Administration type: Individual or group

The DASH is ideal for providing formal evidence of handwriting speed difficulties in students in upper primary and secondary school. It can also provide general information about a student’s handwriting skills across a variety of handwriting tasks, which will assist with planning intervention.

The assessment includes five subtests, each testing a different aspect of handwriting speed. The tasks include producing ‘best’ and ‘fast’ writing, a 10-minute free writing activity and a purely motor task to examine fine motor and precision skills.

Read an abstract from a research article 'Comparison of the Properties of the Handwriting Speed Test (HST) and Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH): An Exploratory Study'

Assessment of handwriting using the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting and the Handwriting Speed Test 
This webinar is presented by Margaret Wallen - Occupational Therapist, PhD.
This webinar includes descriptions and examples of the DASH, DASH 17+ and HST; Overview of recent research about these assessments for use in an Australian context; Compare and contrast features of the assessments; Discuss the role of the assessments in clinical practice.
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