Research Publication and Presentation News

We have two manuscripts submitted.

The first is about the Efficacy of the Size Matters Handwriting Program. It underwent some minor editing revisions at the request of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (OTJR). We hope to learn soon of its publication date.

The second is about the use of the VMI—the Beery Buktenica Test of Visual-Motor Integration as an outcome measure for handwriting. It is under review by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT).

As you may recall, the VMI was one of the three tests administered to the children participating in our study. The other two were the Test of Handwriting Skills, which is standardized, and the Minnesota Handwriting Assessment, which is norm-referenced. These latter two tests constitute the data analyzed in the first article as they specifically measure handwriting. The VMI has always contended that it is reliable and valid predictor of handwriting readiness. However, we are learning that it is not necessarily a meaningful correlate as an outcome measure, especially in older children.

The results of these findings will be presented at the AOTA national conference in Nashville on Friday, April 17 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

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The full articles explain more. Hopefully, you’ll get to read them in their entirety soon.