The effects of large scale writing on micrographia as a symptom of Parkinson's Disease

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2017-04-11
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Hoiberg, Anna
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The purpose of this proposed research was to examine the effects of a 4-week intervention training focused on exaggerating the size of hand writing in people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This intervention will be effective using an elbow strategy while writing on a large scaled, lined, white board. It is hypothesized that the intervention would improve the PD symptom of micrographia, or tiny handwriting. The design is a pretestposttest on 3 participants with PD. The intervention consists of 20-30 minute sessions, three self-training sessions per week, one supervised training per week, for four consecutive weeks. The participants will write their cursive alphabet, 4 set sentences (written in cursive) and then finishing again with their cursive alphabet. The white board provided will be 22x28 inches, with line height at 4 inches and middle dotted line at 2 inches. The pre- and posttesting conditions are: free writing, writing a well-known phrase “Able was I ere I saw Elba,” and writing their cursive alphabet. It is hypothesized that the absolute letter size increase for all participants in post-test. With this proposed research, we hope to support the hypothesis and indicate that this type of intervention may be helpful to reduce symptoms of micrographia. A larger study will most likely be needed to better determine the efficacy of this intervention.

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