Handwriting Assessment Protocol (2nd Edition)

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What is it?

The McMaster Handwriting Assessment Protocol (2nd Edition) provides a structured framework for assessing the handwriting of school-aged children in kindergarten to Grade 6. This protocol was designed to identify the specific areas in which a child is having difficulty with handwriting and to help occupational therapists determine whether and where to intervene. 

​What does it include?

The manual includes:

  • Detailed descriptions and procedures for the assessment protocol
  • Assessment forms
  • Recent syntheses of evidence regarding handwriting
  • References
  • Assessment samples that can be used to assist in clinical decision-making

It is a very practical tool for occupational therapists who work with school-aged children who have difficulties with handwriting, an important occupation that contributes to school success.


A sample page of the Handwriting Assessment Protocol can be found below:

Authors: N. Pollock, J. Lockhart, B. Blowes, K. Semple, M. Webster, L. Farhat, J. Jacobson, J. Bradley & S. Brunetti