Here's How I Write
Author(s): Sarina Goldstand, MSc, OTR / Debbie Gevir, MSc, OTR / Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA / Julie Bissell, OTD, OTR/L, ATP
- Motor Skills
- Individual Self-Administration
- Grades 2 through 5
- Qualification Level A
Since handwriting is a critical skill for elementary students to complete schoolwork, poor handwriting may affect performance. When students are referred to intervention or occupational therapy for handwriting problems, it may be helpful for the student to participate in setting improvement goals. The HHIW allows students to assess their own performance and set remediation benchmarks. The Manual details the research supporting self-assessment, and includes case studies of intervention strategies.
Administration and Scoring
The child is presented with 25 cards, one at a time, sampling various aspects of handwriting—staying on the lines, letter formation, letter and word spacing, size of letters, use of correct case, use of margins, accurate copying, and automaticity; two items on the child's feelings about writing; and three items on physical factors, including body posture and stabilizing the page with the nonwriting hand.
Testing time is 15–20 minutes.