Handwriting and keyboarding are important daily activities that are used for communication and documentation. In academic studies, writing plays an important role while taking notes, and writing exams and assignments. Despite the increasing use of computers, handwriting remains a frequent and necessary activity for students.
Studies have shown that 12% to 21% of students are found to have dysgraphia (i.e., a learning-disability that is manifested in handwriting difficulties). These difficulties directly and indirectly affect student's academic performance and achievements, as well as their motivation to learn. These difficulties do not disappear with age, and affect the students' performance at the higher-education level, as well. Therefore is it important to improve handwriting skills and teach keyboarding skills early on. However, despite the high prevalence of handwriting difficulties, the knowledge and understanding of handwriting and keyboarding skills is limited.
The Research and Diagnostic Lab of Writing Functions studies the handwriting and keyboarding processes. Both basic and clinical research paradigms are applied, focusing on a wide age-range; from preschool to higher-education. Theoretical models of handwriting and keyboarding are studied, with the purpose of enhancing knowledge and understanding of these complex activities. In addition, diagnostic tools and intervention programs are developed.