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Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH)

Accurately assess handwriting difficulties

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

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Age range
9 years to 16 years 11 months
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'

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ISBN Title User Level Price
9780749136406 DASH Complete Kit includes: Manual,
Reproducible Test Cards,
Record Forms 25 Pack and a bag
T $289.00 Login to purchase
9780749136420 DASH Record Forms 25 Pack T $84.00 Login to purchase

Q-global digital resources

ISBN Title User Level Price
9780655797609 Q-global DASH Manual (digital) T $165.00 Login to purchase
9780655797616 Q-global DASH Test Cards (digital) T $30.00 Login to purchase

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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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