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Examining the Effectiveness of My Scrivener on Handwriting Legibility

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First received: June 5, 2008
Last updated: July 10, 2009
Last verified: July 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the changes in handwriting performance in elementary aged children who received handwriting training which included use of the My Scrivener stylus. Training on the My Scrivener stylus provided additional feedback to the children which is hypothesized to produce significant improvement.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Training on My Scrivenor

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Examining the Effectiveness of My Scrivener on Handwriting Legibility

Further study details as provided by Shenandoah University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Legibility Scores on the Evaluation Tool of Children's Handwriting [ Time Frame: June 2008 and August 2008 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Evaluation Tool of Children's Handwriting [ Time Frame: August 2008 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 21
Study Start Date: June 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2008
Primary Completion Date: August 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: My Scrivener training
Children received My Scrivenor training
Behavioral: Training on My Scrivenor
Subjects received 20 minutes twice per week on the My Scrivenor

Detailed Description:

Once parental consent was given, students met individually with the PI or a trained occupational therapy graduate student in a private space at the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley for a pre-test evaluation session. The evaluation consisted of the following:

  1. Evaluation Tool of Children's Handwriting (ETCH; Amundson, 1995). This is a criterion-referenced tool measuring a child's legibility and speed in grades one through six. This measure is able to evaluate both manuscript and cursive handwriting; however, only the manuscript portion will be used as that will be the focus of the club's training. The ETCH asks the child to write letters and words in lower-case and upper-case, write numerals, perform near point and far point copying, write to dictation, and compose original sentences. Total time for the evaluation is 15-20 minutes.
  2. Brief Assessment of Motor Function (BAMF: Parks, Cintas, Chaffin, & Gerber, 2007). This is a criterion referenced tool that can identify gross, fine, and oral motor performance in as little as 10 minutes. For this particular study, only the Fine Motor Scale of the BAMF will be used. Data from this tool will be used to categorize subjects for between group comparisons.
  3. The Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration (VMI: Beery, 1998). This gold-standard tool measures a child's visual motor performance by asking them to copy geometric shapes ranging from the very simple to the very complex. Data from this tool will be used to categorize subjects for between group comparisons.

Once all children were evaluated, twice weekly Handwriting Camp sessions were held. During these small group sessions lasting approximately 30 minutes each, 4 children at a time received instruction from the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum from either the PI or trained OT graduate students and 20 minutes of supervised practice time on the My Scrivener equipment to reinforce the letter writing instruction for that day.

The Handwriting Camp sessions lasted for approximately 8 weeks.

At the conclusion of the camp, the pre-tests were re-administered as well as an open-ended question interview was conducted on how well the child enjoyed using the device.


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The subjects were any child enrolled in the summer program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley entering grades 1 to 6 in Fall 2008 whose parents give consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00693303

United States, Virginia
Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley
Winchester, Virginia, United States, 22601
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shenandoah University
Principal Investigator: Deborah Marr, ScD Shenandoah University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Deborah Marr, Shenandoah University Identifier: NCT00693303     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-1125  NIDRR #H133S070082 
Study First Received: June 5, 2008
Results First Received: July 10, 2009
Last Updated: July 10, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Shenandoah University:
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