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Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH 17)

Assess handwriting speed in HE and FE students

By Anna Barnett, Sheila E Henderson, Beverly Scheib, Joerg Schulz

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Age range
17 years to 25 years
Administration time
Complete battery: 30 minutes
Administration type
Individual or Group

The DASH 17+ provides a reliable, age-appropriate measure of handwriting speed for students aged 17-25 years in further and higher education. This upwards extension of the DASH can identify students with slow handwriting and may assist in providing evidence for extra support, such as Access Arrangements in examinations or the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Information from the DASH 17+ also provides relevant information for planning intervention.

The assessment includes five subtests, each testing a different aspect of handwriting speed. The subtests examine fine motor and precision skills, the speed of producing well known symbolic material, the ability to alter the speed of performance on two tasks with identical content and free writing competency.

Standardised subtest and composite scores are provided, based on data collected from a sample of 400 students in further and higher education across the UK in 2009.

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9780749149253 DASH 17+ Complete Kit Includes: Examiner's manual, laminated reproducible test cards, a timer, Record Forms (Pack of 25) T $286.00 Login to purchase
9780749160722 DASH 17+ Record Forms (Pack of 25) T $83.00 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. 
It 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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