22/11/2020 Education Medicine Psychology
DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2020.1837047 SemanticScholar ID: 229505153 MAG: 3108776164

Developing and Implementing a School-led Motor Intervention for Children with Handwriting Difficulties

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ABSTRACT We describe the development of an evidence-based motor intervention and an implementation pilot study in ten primary schools, involving 515 children (4–11 years). ‘Helping Handwriting SHINE’ (HHS) is a novel, school-led, group-based handwriting intervention. Teaching staff delivered HHS and provided feedback through a questionnaire, reporting that: (i) the children found the tasks enjoyable; (ii) the background and booklet instructions were easy to understand, (iii) there was a need for more comprehensive staff training. The teaching staff made recommendations about session duration, group size, resource availability, and age differentiation of tasks. These suggestions are applicable to the development of any school-based group-led motor intervention, and we used this feedback to refine the HHS intervention. This study shows that implementing school-led motor interventions at scale is possible. Moreover, the work provides insights into the factors to consider when developing school-based motor interventions prior to conducting randomized controlled trials (RCT). The process outlined in this manuscript has led to an RCT to test the effectiveness of HHS within primary schools.

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Dr. Katy Shire

Bradford Institute for Health Research - Programme Manager - Age of Wonder

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Jo Atkinson

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Occupational Therapist

Avatar Image for John Pickavance

John Pickavance

Bradford Institute for Health Research - Senior Research Fellow

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Dr. Liam Hill

University of Leeds - Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

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Prof. Amanda Waterman

University of Leeds - Professor of Cognitive Development

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Prof. Mark Mon-Williams

University of Leeds - Chair in Cognitive Psychology

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