Reliability of the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting on Flemish Children

Simons, Johan PT, PhD; Probst, Michel PT, PhD

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000050
Research Article

Purpose: This study evaluates the reliability of the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) in a Dutch-speaking sample of children.

Methods: The sample included 650 boys and 513 girls (age range = 9-16 years). Handwriting speed measurements were obtained using the DASH. Interrater agreement, test-retest reliability, and internal consistency were calculated; gender and age effects were analyzed.

Results: Interrater agreement shows excellent reliability with intraclass correlation coefficients of at least 0.94. Test-retest correlations ranged from r = 0.65 to r = 0.81. The internal consistency measures, calculated with Cronbach's alpha, were between 0.88 and 0.94. Both gender and age have a significant effect on handwriting speed, with F (7.1144) = 17.43 (P < .001) for gender and F (7.1144) = 21.8 (P < .001) for age.

Conclusion: The DASH is a reliable assessment tool to evaluate handwriting speed of Dutch-speaking children. There is a tendency of girls to write faster than boys.

The DASH was found to be a reliable assessment tool to evaluate handwriting speed of Dutch speaking children. The authors report a tendency of girls to write faster than boys.

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium.

Correspondence: Johan Simons, PT, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tervuursevest 101, B3001 Heverlee, Belgium (Johan.simons@faber.kuleuven.be).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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