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Handwriting assessments

We provide handwriting assessments to identify a broad range of needs. Handwriting assessments can be used to identify needs related to co-ordination, perception and motor skills.

Who is suitable for a handwriting assessment?

Handwriting assessments are suitable for children and young people (up to age 25) whose handwriting can be described as:

If you would like to talk to a member of our team about our handwriting assessments then please contact us.

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What are the benefits of a handwriting assessment?

Appropriately identifying a child or young person’s needs can lead to support strategies being put in place which may include interventions or specialist equipment. Receiving support with their needs means that an individual can:

Handwriting assessments can provide an explanation for handwriting and associated challenges, whilst making recommendations to support children and young people in their future.

What happens prior to a handwriting assessment?

A handwriting assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

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Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion



Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.


Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.



What happens during a handwriting assessment?

Individuals will be asked to complete some writing tasks, including; copying letters, sentences or symbols, transcribing or free writing. Handwriting assessments can take place in one of our clinics across Greater Manchester, at home or within school.

Which handwriting assessments do we use?

The specific handwriting assessments used will be chosen based on the individual. The main handwriting assessments we use are:

  • Beery VMI - Beery-Buktenica developmental test of visual-motor integration is used to measure; the ability to integrate motor and visual abilities, visual perception and motor co-ordination
  • DASH-17 - Detailed assessment of speed of handwriting, measures; precision skills, fine motor skills, alter speed and producing symbols
  • DTVP-3 - Developmental test of visual perception measures; hand-eye co-ordination, copying, figure search, visual closure, form constancy

There are alternative ways to assess handwriting and these will be discussed before the assessment takes place.

What happens after a handwriting assessment?

After a handwriting assessment we will have a clearer understanding of an individual’s needs which means that recommendations can be put into place. Recommendations may include handwriting assistance, specialist equipment, interventions or further assessments.

Does a handwriting assessment come with a report?

Reports are available following a handwriting assessment on request. Verbal feedback is also an option. In some cases a report may not be necessary until an intervention has taken place. These options will be discussed during the initial discussion.


Arrange an initial discussion.....

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email office@hsrpsychology.co.uk

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