An examination of writing pauses in the handwriting of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder

Dr. Mellissa Prunty, PhD, MSc OT | Lecturer in Occupational Therapy|


  • Children with DCD do not pause more frequently than their TD peers but they pause for longer.
  • Children with DCD paused more frequently over 10 s which may support additional time during written examinations.
  • The pauses above 10 s occurred within ideas, which may indicate fatigue rather or in addition to planning in children with DCD.
  • Children with DCD paused more within words (particularly illegible words) suggesting a break down in the writing process. This emphasises the importance of intervention.

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