Evaluating Children’s Handwriting

The New York University Child Study Center published an article by Dominick Auciello that includes information on evaluating children’s handwriting. The article says that it is important to examine how children form letters, the spacing between and within words, their ability to keep their writing on the line and to write with a consistent size and slant.

Auciello also shares that children with poor handwriting, such as those with ADHD, may show spacing that is too wide or too crowded, too small or too big, and too heavy or too light. Their writing may appear broken, shaky, or excessively slanted.

Also, Auciello explains that speed is another important aspect of handwriting. Children who are able to write quickly while maintaining legibility show an overall higher quality of essay writing.

Quick handwriting is helpful when taking notes, because that student will have all of the information needed to complete assignments or study for tests. However, this becomes difficult for those children with ADHD. Those children cannot write as quickly and certainly cannot maintain legibility.

Children with ADHD have illegible handwriting. As a future teacher, I need to know how to spot writing that was produced by an ADHD child. Knowing this information affects how one would evaluate an ADHD child’s writing, since there are different guidelines to follow and aspects to look at. A teacher would evaluate an ADHD Child’s writing differently because it is expected to not be on the same level as writing from a child without a learning disability.

Auciello, D. (2007). The Development of Writing Abilities in Children. New York University Child Study Center, 11(3), 1-5. Retrieved October 18, 2008, from http://www.aboutourkids.org/files/articles/mar_apr2007.pdf

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