I am an occupational therapist and Associate Professor in a master of science in occupational therapy program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. I have presented and published research focused on handwriting skills of children, especially using Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC, USA
- Fields of Interest
Development in Children, Education, instruction, teaching methods, Remedial teaching, occupational therapy, re-education, writing systems for the handicapped, Letter design for cursive, print, italics, ...
- List of Publications
Donica, D. & Francsis, E. (2015). Exploring content validity of shore handwriting screening and newly developed score sheet with pre-kindergarten students. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(6), Article 6.
Steele, E. C., McLaughlin, T. F., Derby, K. M., Weber, K. P., Donica, D., & McKenzie, M. (2015). Employing Handwriting Without Tears to teach a 4-year-old- preschool student to write his name with the appropriate size, shape, and form combined with an imitate/trace/copy/memory procedure. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 8(4), 16-24.
Klee, I., McLaughlin, T. F., Derby, K. M., Donica, D., & Kalb, G. (2015). Using Handwriting Without Tears® and a modified copy, cover, compare through chaining to teach name writing to a preschooler with developmental delays to write his name. International Journal of Applied Research, 1(3), 59-65.
Griffith, J., McLaughlin, T. F., Donica, D. K., Neyman, J., & Robison, M. (2013). The differential effects of the use of handwriting without tears modified gray block paper to teach two preschool students with developmental delays capital letter writing skills. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 7(1), 13-22.
Donica, D. K., Goins, A., & Wagner, L. (2013). Effectiveness of handwriting readiness programs on postural control, hand control, and letter and number formation in head start classrooms. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 6(2), 81-93.
Donica, D. K., Larson, M. H., & Zinn, A. A. (2012). Survey of handwriting instruction practices of elementary teachers and educational programs: Implications for occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 26, 120-137.
Lust, C. & Donica, D. K. (2011). Research Scholars Initiative - Effectiveness of a handwriting readiness program in head start: A two group control trial. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 560-568.
Donica, D. (2010). A Historical Journey Through the Development of Handwriting Instruction (Part 2): The Occupational Therapists' Role. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention 3(1), 32-53.
Donica, D. (2010). A Historical Journey Through the Development of Handwriting Instruction (Part 1): The Historical Foundation. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 3(1), 11-31.
Denise Donica, DHSc, OTR/L, BCP