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Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting

DASH 17+
The Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH 17+) is a reliable, age-appropriate measure of handwriting speed for students aged 17-25 years in further and higher education.
Guidance on using this test in your telepractice.
DASH-2 will publish in March 2024 - combining DASH 17+ and DASH. Register your interest to keep updated. 
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DASH 17+Digital Card Set
9780749173456 Qualification Level A

 

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Overview

Publication date:
2010
Age range:
17 years to 25 years
Qualification level:
A
Telepractice:
Guidance on using this test in your telepractice

DASH-2 will publish in March 2024 - combining DASH 17+ and DASH. Register your interest to keep updated. 

Product Details

The DASH 17+ provides a reliable, age-appropriate measure of handwriting speed for students aged 17-25 years in further and higher education.

Benefits

  • This upwards extension of the DASH can identify students with slow handwriting and may assist in providing evidence for extra support, such as Access Arrangements in examinations or the Disabled Students’ Allowance.
  • Information from the DASH 17+ also provides relevant information for planning intervention.

Features

  • The assessment includes five subtests, each testing a different aspect of handwriting speed.
  • Standardised subtest and composite scores are provided, based on data collected from a sample of 400 students in further and higher education across the UK in 2009.
  • The subtests examine:
    • fine motor and precision skills
    • the speed of producing well known symbolic material
    • the ability to alter speed of performance on two tasks with identical content
    • free writing competency.

Resources

Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH 17+) - DASH 17+ Approved for DSA

Pearson Assessment is pleased to confirm that the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH 17+), (Barnett, A; Henderson, S.E; Scheib, B; Schulz, J, 2010), has recently been approved for assessing students for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) in the area of writing.

DASH 17+ is a statistically reliable, nationally representative assessment and is the only standardised test recommended by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee for this area.

As a child gets older, slow handwriting can become a major issue and performance in examinations can be affected (Connelly, Dockrell & Barnett, 2005; Connelly, Campbell, MacLean & Barnes, 2006). It is therefore crucial that those with handwriting difficulties, including those with inadequate speed, are identified and supported.

One example of the DASH 17+’s discriminative validity is shown in a small research study undertaken at the time of standardisation, of age-matched controls with and without dyslexia.

The groups showed statistically significant differences on all of the core DASH 17+ tasks, indicating that the students with dyslexia wrote more slowly than their age-peers without dyslexia. Students with dyslexia actually report that writing is their biggest and most persistent problem (Hatcher, Snowling & Griffiths, 2002; Mortimore & Crozier, 2006).

The DASH 17+ can be individually or group administered by tutors, teachers or psychologists to students in further and higher education in the age range 17.0 – 25.11 years. It is an upwards extension of the best selling DASH, 2007 and the full battery can be administered in 30 minutes.

The five subtests which examine perceptual-motor competence include among others a free writing task and a task to examine a student’s ability to increase speed while maintaining legibility.

Information from the DASH 17+ also provides relevant information for planning intervention.