Effects of Relaxation Training upon Handwriting Quality

Carter, John L.; Synolds, Donald
April 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Apr1974, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p236
Academic Journal
It was theorized that brain-injured children who have poor handwriting are in fact trying too hard to write and using too much energy in the process. A n audio-taped relaxation program was devised and presented to 32 boys who were in special classes for minimally brain-injured children. A n equal number of randomly selected age mates were chosen as controls. Relaxation training was administered to the experimental group three days a week for four weeks. Results indicated that: (1) the program was effective in enhancing the quality of handwriting; (2) there was transfer effect to nonexperimental situations; (3) the changes were stable over time; and (4) there was very high interjudge reliability of handwriting quality.


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