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Haptics in teaching handwriting: the role of perceptual and visuo-motor skills

Abstract : Two studies were carried out in order to better understand the role of perceptual and visuo-motor skills in handwriting. Two training programs, visual-haptic (VH) and visual (V), were compared which differed in the way children explored the letters. The results revealed that improvements of VH training on letter recognition and handwriting quality were higher than improvements after V training. We suppose that VH training was more efficient because it improved both perceptual and visuo-motor skills. In the second experiment, in order to investigate the part of each component, we assessed the link between visuo-motor skills, perceptual skills and handwriting. The results showed that only the visuo-motor tasks predict handwriting copying performance. These results are discussed in relation to the respective roles of the perceptual and visuo-motor skills on letter shape learning and handwriting movement execution.
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Florence Bara, Edouard Gentaz. Haptics in teaching handwriting: the role of perceptual and visuo-motor skills. Human Movement Science, Elsevier, 2011, ⟨10.1016/j.humov.2010.05.015⟩. ⟨hal-00769415⟩

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