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OTS 13: Reviewing the Research: Handwriting

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 13 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

Do you run a handwriting group? Do you use a specific program? In this episode, Jayson is diving into the recent literature on handwriting to help you with your decision-making when it comes to supporting your students' handwriting goals.

We'll discuss everything from which programs work in what setting, to who can benefit from handwriting instruction and more. Specifically, we will be looking at 4 articles that support the instruction of handwriting in the classroom through a collaborative approach. Be sure to check out the articles in addition to listening to the article; they are cited below.

Have a listen on Apple Podcasts if you are interested in hearing about recent handwriting research.

Links to Show References:

The first article mentioned:

Debra Collette, Kylie Anson, Nora Halabi, April Schlierman, Allison Suriner; Handwriting and Common Core State Standards: Teacher, Occupational Therapist, and Administrator Perceptions From New York State Public Schools. Am J Occup Ther2017;71(6):7106220010p1-7106220010p9. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2017.021808.

The second article mentioned:

Tsu-Hsin Howe, Karen Laurie Roston, Ching-Fan Sheu, Jim Hinojosa; Assessing Handwriting Intervention Effectiveness in Elementary School Students: A Two-Group Controlled Study. Am J Occup Ther 2013;67(1):19-26. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2013.005470.

The third article mentioned:

Sheryl Eckberg Zylstra, Beth Pfeiffer; Effectiveness of a Handwriting Intervention With At-Risk Kindergarteners. Am J Occup Ther2016;70(3):7003220020p1-7003220020p8. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2016.018820.

The final article mentioned:

Courtney Engel, Kristin Lillie, Sarah Zurawski, Brittany G. Travers; Curriculum-Based Handwriting Programs: A Systematic Review With Effect Sizes. Am J Occup Ther 2018;72(3):7203205010p1-7203205010p8. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2018.027110.


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