Occupational therapists working with this population have incorporated a variety of methods into their interventions in an attempt to facilitate greater ease and legibility in handwriting. These interventions include finemotor hand exercise programs, practice-based programs, and visual and auditory cueing (Bryant, Rintala, Lai, DeBakey & Protas, 2010). Improvement in handwriting skills can increase quality of life and independence, as well as decrease frustration, for those with PD (Collett et al., 2017). A systematic review of available research was completed in order to assess the efficacy of these interventions for both short and long-term outcomes. Eleven studies were identified as relevant to include in this review. The researchers recommend that therapists working with this population utilize the data gathered when planning handwriting interventions.
Recommended CitationBuchanan, J.; Rybak, W.; Stange, V.; Wing, J.; Yeh, V.; and Carvell, L., "A Systematic Review of the Effects of Handwriting Interventions on Adults with Parkinson’s Disease" (2018). Student Papers. Paper 19.